This book provides the basis for a reconceptualization of key features in Southeast Asia's history. Scholars from Europe, America, and Asia examine evolutionary patterns of Europe's and Japan's Southeast Asian empires from the late nineteenth century through World War II, and offer important insights into the specific events of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. In turn, their different perspectives on the political, economic, and cultural currents of the "post-colonial" era - including Southeast Asia's gradual adjustment to globalizing forces - enhance understanding of the dynamics of the decolonization process. Drawing on new and wide-ranging research in international relations, economics, anthropology, and cultural studies, the book looks at the impact of decolonization and the struggle of the new nation-states with issues such as economic development, cultural development, nation-building, ideology, race, and modernization. The contributors also consider decolonization as a phenomenon within the larger international structure of the Cold War and the post-Cold War eras.

chapter 1|20 pages

Dimensions of Decolonization

ByPaul H. Kratoska

chapter 2|12 pages

The Impact of World War II on Decolonization

ByJost Dülffer

chapter 4|20 pages

Monarchy and Decolonization in Indochina

ByBruce M. Lockhart

chapter 5|11 pages

France and the Associated States of Indochina, 1945–1955

ByHugues Tertrais

chapter 8|15 pages

British Attitudes and Policies on Nationalism and Regionalism

ByNicholas Tarling

chapter 11|17 pages

“Nationalism” in the Decolonization of Singapore

ByAlbert Lau

chapter 14|15 pages

John Foster Dulles and Decolonization in Southeast Asia

ByRonald W. Pruessen

chapter 17|7 pages

Afterword: The Limits of Decolonization

ByWang Gungwu