By P. Lowe

This quantity presents a lucid, concise research of the improvement of British coverage in Southeast Asia within the two decades following the defeat of Japan. The important issues hindrance nationalism and communism and the way Britain labored to accomplish lodging with nationalism whereas containing communist demanding situations.

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Slim’s assessment was accurate: the tragedy was that Dorman-Smith and other reactionaries did not share the insight displayed by Mountbatten and Slim. A degree of confusion was probably unavoidable in the formulation of policy, amidst the continuing bloodshed and the greater priority accorded to other areas. In Simla Dorman-Smith reacted negatively to the emergence of Aung San on centre stage. 31 By contrast Major-General P. ’32 The latter were seized on by critics in Simla to argue that Aung San should be put on trial for alleged war crimes including murder.

23 One aspect of importance was the impact of events in Indonesia, which will be explored later in this chapter. Security personnel in Malaya feared the growth of Pan-Malayan sentiment, pointing to the emergence of a greater Indonesia to include Malaya. The MNP included members who were passionately committed to support for Indonesia; the MNP comprised members of diverse views, ranging from secular nationalists to committed Islamists. When MacDonald returned home on leave at the beginning of 1948, he reviewed this topic with officials in the Colonial Office.

131 Casualties among British and Indian troops were increasing and the cost was rising. Bevin’s patience was running out and he minuted to the prime minister that he was tired of Dutch procrastination: ‘They are trading on our good nature and our agreement to keep troops in Indonesia until December ... ’132 The fundamental issue was that the The Return of Colonialism, 1945–48 37 Netherlands government wanted to minimise concessions and exercise effective control in Indonesia. The Indonesian administration wanted substantial concessions and independence sooner rather than later.

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