Britain and the Confrontation with Indonesia, 1960-66

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I.B.Tauris, Aug 27, 2004 - History - 257 pages
The 'Confrontation' is Britain's forgotten war. Yet as David Easter shows, it was a major commitment involving over 54,000 British servicemen and near-escalation into full-scale war with Indonesia. President Sukarno's 'Confrontation' of Indonesia was an attempt to destroy Britain's plans for Malayasia by guerilla warfare including air and sea landings, and Britain responded with a secret war by supporting rebel groups, propaganda and clandestine cross-border raids. Sukarno was finally overthrown by a pro-Western military government which renounced the Confrontation and accepted Malaysia. Britain's policy, however seemingly successful was, however, vital in her post-imperial retreat from empire and in abandoning her global defence role.
 

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Contents

The Brunei revolt and the start of Confrontation
22
Pressing ahead with Malaysia AprilSeptember 1963
45
Coping with the Confrontation September 1963April 1964
64
Escalation and rethink MayOctober 1964
90
Labour and the Confrontation October 1964March 1965
113
Exit Singapore AprilSeptember 1965
136
The coup attempt in Indonesia September 1965January 1966
156
Ending the Confrontation JanuaryAugust 1966
174
Conclusion
193
Bibliography
245
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David Easter is a Tutorial Fellow at the London School of Economics in the University of London.

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