Conflict and Confrontation in South East Asia, 1961–1965: Britain, the United States, Indonesia and the Creation of Malaysia

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 6, 2001 - History - 325 pages
In the early 1960s, Britain and the United States were still trying to come to terms with the powerful forces of indigenous nationalism unleashed by the Second World War. The Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation - a crisis which was, as Macmillan remarked to Kennedy, 'as dangerous a situation in Southeast Asia as we have seen since the war' - was a complex test of Anglo-American relations. As American commitment to Vietnam accelerated under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Britain was involving herself in an 'end-of-empire' exercise in state-building which had important military and political implications for both nations. In this book Matthew Jones provides a detailed insight into the origins, outbreak and development of this important episode in international history; using a large range of previously unavailable archival sources, he illuminates the formation of the Malaysian federation, Indonesia's violent opposition to the state and the Western Powers' attempts to deal with the resulting conflict.
 

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Contents

The Kennedy Administration Indonesia and the resolution of the West Irian crisis 19611962
31
The Greater Malaysia scheme I the move towards merger
61
The Greater Malaysia scheme II the Cobbold Commission and the Borneo territories
79
Britain Indonesia and Malaya from West Irian to the Brunei revolt
98
Outbreak
123
The emergence of confrontation JanuaryMay 1963
125
The path to the Manila summit MayJuly 1963
150
From the Manila summit to the creation of Malaysia AugustSeptember 1963
172
Avoiding escalation SeptemberDecember 1963
205
Denouement
233
The diplomacy of confrontation AngloAmerican relations and the Vietnam War JanuaryJune 1964
235
Escalation upheaval and reappraisal July 1964October 1965
268
The Western presence in South East Asia by the 1960s
295
Bibliography
305
Index
314
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