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 Conclusion summarises the argument of the book about how the Wilson Government came to decide to withdraw from Malaysia and Singapore and the Britain's ‘East of Suez’ role. It notes that there was a conflict between Britain's fundamental interests: between its limited economic means and the need to maintain relations with its major allies, all of whom wanted Britain to maintain a significant military presence in Southeast Asia. Once this issue was decided, a second issue arose about how to balance the political pressure for a fast, public and complete withdrawal, against demands that the symbolic remnants of Britain's world role be retained as long as possible. The Conclusion notes that the roles and significance of the key actors through this process changed over time, from the Whitehall departments and their leading ministers, to the Parliamentary Labour Party, to Cabinet.

Keywords: Wilson government; east of Suez; Malaysia; Singapore

Chapter.  2239 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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