Phuong Pham

in Ending 'East of Suez'

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580361
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722691 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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The Introduction outlines the background of the United Kingdom's ‘East of Suez’ role and its defence presence in Malaysia and Singapore. It notes the importance of Britain's presence to its allies, in particular the United States in the context of the Cold War and the escalating conflict in Vietnam. It describes the creation of an independent Malaysia, the Confrontation with Indonesia, and how the benefits and costs of Britain's role in the region were reaching a delicate balance.

Keywords: United Kingdom; east of Suez; United States; Indonesia; confrontation; Malaysia; Singapore

Chapter.  3783 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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