Conflict and Confrontation in South East Asia, 1961-1965: Britain, the United States, Indonesia and the Creation of Malaysia

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This fascinating study looks at the origins, outbreak and course of the Indonesian-Malaysian confrontation of 1963-1966, within the context of British and American policies in South East Asia during the 1960s as a whole. Matthew Jones uses new archival sources to throw fresh light on such subjects as British Colonial policy and the creation of Malaysia, Anglo-American tensions over the confrontation itself, and the diplomacy of that important, but often neglected, international dispute.
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"Jones's work is an important contribution toward illuminating the international history of Western involvement in Southeast Asia." American Historical Review

"Jones has written a readable, well-researched piece of work, with an intelligent and convincing line of analysis and a good eye for detail." The International History Review

"This is, in sum, a very good, rather traditional diplomatic history of an important but understudied aspect of Southeast Asian diplomacy....It does, however, provide an excellent understanding of British views of American policy." Journal of American History

"...meticulous, fascinating study..." Foreign Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521801119
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 348
  • Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps; Preface and acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: Britain, the United States and the South East Asia setting; Part I. Build-up: 1. The Kennedy Administration, Indonesia and the resolution of the West Irian crisis, 1961–2; 2. The Greater Malaysia scheme I: the move toward merger; 3. The Greater Malaysia scheme II: the Cobbold Commission and the Borneo territories; 4. Britain, Indonesia and Malaya: from West Irian to the Brunei revolt; Part II. Outbreak: 5. The emergence of confrontation, January–May 1963; 6. The path to the Manila Summit, May–July 1963; 7. From the Manila Summit to the creation of Malaysia, August–September 1963; 8. Avoiding escalation, September–December 1963; Part III. Denouement: 9. The diplomacy of confrontation, Anglo-American relations and the Vietnam War, January–June 1964; 10. Escalation, upheaval and reappraisal, July 1964–October 1965; Conclusion: the Western presence in South East Asia by the 1960s; Bibliography; Index.
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