Volume 4 covers the period from World War II to the present and examines the end of European colonial empires, the emergence of political structures of the independent states, economic and social change, religious change in contemporary Southeast Asia, Southeast Asia's role and identity in decolonization, and the ongoing weakening of links with the West.
Table of Contents6. Southeast Asia in war and peace: the end of European colonial empires A. J. Stockwell; 7. The political structures of the independent states Yong Mun Cheong; 8. Economic and social change Norman G. Owen; 9. Religious change in contemporary Southeast Asia Paul Stange; 10. Regionalism and Nationalism C. M. Turnbull.