Foreign Investment in Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century

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This is the first book-length study of foreign direct investment in Southeast Asia during both the late colonial period and in the contemporary period. It covers all major countries receiving foreign investment in the region and embraces the entire twentieth century. Pioneering under the protective umbrella of European colonialism is depicted with examples from French Indochina, British Malaya, Dutch Indonesia and the Philippines under American rule. The arrival of today's Asian investors, from Japan and the four...
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Overview

This is the first book-length study of foreign direct investment in Southeast Asia during both the late colonial period and in the contemporary period. It covers all major countries receiving foreign investment in the region and embraces the entire twentieth century. Pioneering under the protective umbrella of European colonialism is depicted with examples from French Indochina, British Malaya, Dutch Indonesia and the Philippines under American rule. The arrival of today's Asian investors, from Japan and the four Asian NICs, is described after a brief interlude about the transitionary period of warfare, decolonization and assertion of newly independent states. Special attention is given to the impact of foreign investment on the economic development of the host country. The colonial drain is contrasted with today's prospects for transfers of technology in an area that is once again attractive for foreign capital.
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Lindblad (economic history, U. of Leiden, Netherlands) looks at the history, patterns, and effects of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Southeast Asia throughout this century. In order to focus on foreign capital flows with an immediate impact on productive capacity in the host country economy, he confines his discussion to private capital flows and excludes portfolio investments. His conclusion is that the impact of FDI on the economic development of host countries in the area is more profound and favorable now than in the colonial period. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The Historical Perspective 11
2.1 The Zenith of Colonialism 12
2.2 The Force of Resurgence 23
2.3 On Statistics 34
3 Pioneers and Profits 37
3.1 From Banking to Industry 37
3.2 Teak and Trading 40
3.3 Rubber and Management 43
3.4 Two Types of Expansion 47
4 Inside the Colonial State 60
4.1 Mise en Valeur 61
4.2 A Network Orange 68
4.3 Agencies at the Apex 84
4.4 Under Compadre Colonialism 89
4.5 On Measuring Colonial Investment 94
5 Low Tide and High Hopes 96
5.1 Seeds of Revolution 97
5.2 In Search of Continuity 101
5.3 A Change of Climate 110
6 The New Investors 120
6.1 Ranking by Preference 122
6.2 Flying Geese and Giant Firms 128
6.3 A Variety of Waves 142
6.4 The Youngest Partners 152
6.5 On Japanese Statistics 155
7 The Ideals of Industry 157
7.1 Engines of Assertion 160
7.2 Technology Transmitted 167
7.3 Speeding up Growth 179
7.4 The Need to Restructure 190
7.5 Hopes for the Future 198
8 Conclusion 205
Notes 210
Bibliography 213
Index 234
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