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Author Smith, T. O
Title Vietnam and the unravelling of empire [electronic resource] : General Gracey in Asia 1942-1951 / T. O. Smith
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 208 p. : 1 ill
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Epublication based on: 9781137448699
Introduction 1. The Prelude: Burma 1942-5 2. The Power Vacuum: Vietnam 1945 3. The Sideshow: Cambodia 1945 4. The Enforcement: Indo-China 1945-6 5. The Aftermath: Bengal and Kashmir 1946-51 Conclusion
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The Vietnam War and Indian independence devastated British policy towards Asia. The Labour Government failed to understand its commitments. Yet some senior British officers were prepared to work alongside Asian nationalism in order to secure British interests. This created a radical local fusion of imperial, diplomatic and humanitarian policies. Vietnam and the Unravelling of Empire examines the British management of political violence at the end of the Second World War. In doing so, the book demonstrates the way in which the Vietnam War and Indian independence had a devastating effect upon British policy towards Asia. The Labour Government failed to understand the complexity of its commitments and it was unable to evolve a coherent policy towards these crises. At the same time, some senior British officers were prepared to work alongside Asian nationalism in order to secure British interests. Their actions created a radical local fusion of imperial, diplomatic and humanitarian policies. The most controversial of these officers was General Sir Douglas Gracey who commanded the British liberation forces deployed in southern Indo-China at the outbreak of the Vietnam War and later served as the Commander in Chief of the Pakistan Army during the Kashmir Conflict
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T.O. Smith is Associate Professor of History at Huntington University, USA, specialising in decolonisation and political violence in South and Southeast Asia. His previous publications include Britain and the Origins of the Vietnam War: UK Policy in Indo-China 1943-50 (2007) and Churchill, America and Vietnam, 1941-45 (2011). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Subject Gracey, Douglas David, 1894-1964
Great Britain -- Officers
India-Pakistan Conflict, 1947-1949
Indochinese War, 1946-1954
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Causes
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000 -- c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2) -- c 1945 to c 1960 -- South East Asia. bicssc
Asian history -- c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2) -- c 1945 to c 1960 -- South East Asia. bicssc
British & Irish history -- c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2) -- c 1945 to c 1960 -- South East Asia. bicssc
History. ukslc
Asia -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- 20th century -- Asia
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Asia
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