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Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia

Wen-Qing Ngoei


This book recasts the history of American empire in Southeast and East Asia from the Pacific War through the end of U.S. intervention in Vietnam. It argues that anticommunist nationalism in Southeast Asia intersected with pre-existing local antipathy toward China and the Chinese diaspora to usher the region from European-dominated colonialism into U.S. hegemony. Between the late 1940s and 1960s, Britain and its indigenous collaborators in Malaya and Singapore overcame the mostly Chinese communist parties of both countries by crafting a pro-West nationalism that was anticommunist by virtue of i ... More

Keywords: Pacific War, American Empire, Anticommunist, Nationalism, Decolonization, Southeast Asia, Chinese Diaspora, Imperial Transition, Cold War, Arc of Containment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501716409
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501716409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wen-Qing Ngoei, author
Nanyang Technological University