Britain, Southeast Asia and the onset of the Pacific War /
This book describes British policy in South-East Asia in the early years of World War II. Britain, a major colonial power in Asia at this time, was unable to maintain its military dominance as war with Germany taxed its resources. Instead, Britain attempted to establish diplomatic dominance, trying...
Cambridge University Press,
- 1. Before September 1939. Britain and the world. The impact of World War I. Japanese expansion in the 1930s. Netherlands India. The Philippines. French Indo-China. Siam. Burma. Malaya and Borneo. Defence
- 2. September 1939-June 1940. The great powers and Southeast Asia. The phoney war. The German invasion of the Netherlands. The implications for the Philippines. Indo-China and the fall of France. Thailand's non-aggression pacts. The Burma Road. The Brookes. The question of reinforcing Malaya
- 3. July-September 1940. The US and the British Empire. The Battle of Britain. The question of assisting the Dutch in the Indies. The trade of the Philippines. The Japanese move into northern Indo-China. The Thai reaction. The reopening of the Burma Road. The protection of Borneo and Malaya
- 4. October 1940-June 1941. The prospects of American participation. The German attack on Russia. The Australian viewpoint. Economic warfare. Dutch discussions with the British and Japanese.