Ending East of Suez: The British Decision to Withdraw from Malaysia and Singapore 1964-1968

Hardcover | February 15, 2010

byP. L. Pham

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In 1964 Britain's defence presence in Malaysia and Singapore was the largest and most expensive component of the country's world-wide role. Yet within three and a half years the Wilson Government had announced that Britain would be withdrawing from its major Southeast Asian bases andabandoning any special military role 'East of Suez'. Drawing upon previously classified government records P.L. Pham examines and explains how the Wilson Government came to this conclusion, one of the most significant decisions in the decline of British global power after the Second World War.Substantially revising earlier accounts, Pham exposes the inner workings of government, the close but strained relations between the United Kingdom and the United States in the midst of Cold War tensions, and how politicians and policy makers managed the decline of British power, providing anin-depth and comprehensive study of British policy processes of the era.

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In 1964 Britain's defence presence in Malaysia and Singapore was the largest and most expensive component of the country's world-wide role. Yet within three and a half years the Wilson Government had announced that Britain would be withdrawing from its major Southeast Asian bases andabandoning any special military role 'East of Suez'. ...

Dr P.L. Pham was educated at the University of Melbourne before receiving his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently working as an Advisor to the Australian Minister for Health.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199580367

ISBN - 13:9780199580361

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IntroductionPart I: Compromise1. Beginning the Defence Review, October 1964 to June 19652. The Perils of Alliance, June to September 19653. A Dubious Compromise, October 1965 to February 1966Part II: Conflict4. The End of Consensus, March to October 19665. From Dissent to Revolt, October 1966 to April 19676. The Battle for Withdrawal, April to July 1967Part III: Breakdown7. A Symbolic Sacrifice, July 1967 to January 1968ConclusionBibliography