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The Cold War in Southeast Asia

Ang Cheng Guan

in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199236961
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199236961.013.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

The Cold War in Southeast Asia

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This chapter examines the history of the Cold War in Southeast Asia. It explains that the onset of the Cold War coincided with nationalist struggles and decolonization, and explains why Southeast Asians should appreciate that the Cold War is a historical event which has significantly affected the development of their countries, particularly in terms of the role of the Cold War in shaping the political development of the nation-states and interstate relations in the region, and the growing interest in rewriting the history of the Cold War.

Keywords: Cold War; Southeast Asia; nationalist struggles; decolonization; political development; nation-states; interstate relations

Article.  8565 words. 

Subjects: History ; Cold War ; Asian History ; Contemporary History (Post 1945)

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