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Forgotten Wars: The End Of Britain's Asian Empire #2020

Forgotten Wars The End Of Britain s Asian Empire In September after the fall of the atomic bomb and with it the Japanese empire Asia was dominated by the British Governing a vast crescent of land that stretched from India through Burma and do

  • Title: Forgotten Wars: The End Of Britain's Asian Empire
  • Author: C.A. Bayly Tim Harper
  • ISBN: 9780713997828
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Forgotten Wars: The End Of Britain's Asian Empire By C.A. Bayly Tim Harper, In September 1945, after the fall of the atomic bomb and with it, the Japanese empire Asia was dominated by the British Governing a vast crescent of land that stretched from India through Burma and down to Singapore, and with troops occupying the French and Dutch colonies in southern Vietnam and Indonesia, Britain s imperial might had never seemed stronger.Yet within aIn September 1945, after the fall of the atomic bomb and with it, the Japanese empire Asia was dominated by the British Governing a vast crescent of land that stretched from India through Burma and down to Singapore, and with troops occupying the French and Dutch colonies in southern Vietnam and Indonesia, Britain s imperial might had never seemed stronger.Yet within a few violent years, British power in the region would crumble, and myriad independent nations would struggle into existence Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper show how World War II never really ended in these ravaged Asian lands but instead continued in bloody civil wars, anti colonial insurrections, and inter communal massacres These years became the most formative in modern Asian history, as Western imperialism vied with nascent nationalist and communist revolutionaries for political control.Forgotten Wars, a sequel to the authors acclaimed Forgotten Armies, is a panoramic account of the bitter wars of the end of empire, seen not only through the eyes of the fighters, but also through the personal stories of ordinary people the poor and bewildered caught up in India s Hindu Muslim massacres the peasant farmers ravaged by warfare between British forces and revolutionaries in Malaya the Burmese minorities devastated by separatist revolt Throughout, we are given a stunning portrait of societies poised between the hope of independence and the fear of strife Forgotten Wars vividly brings to life the inescapable conflicts and manifold dramas that shaped today s Asia.

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    1. This seemed like a fine introduction to the formal British Empire s final years in The Great Crescent of Asia comprising of what are now the states of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore The period covered in detail is relatively brief, between 1945 and mostly 1949 Most of what is narrated would probably fall under the rubric of social and political history The scholarship, while not exhaustive by any means, seems nevertheless very wide ranging, and strikes a nice [...]

    2. A comprehensive review of the power vacuum in India, Burma and Malaysia as Britain, drained by 5 years of war tried to resume control of its former empire Perhaps a little too comprehensive in some areas but the subject matter is geographically large and the history fast changing and fluid It was a good eye opener to the era.

    3. This seemed like a fine introduction to the formal British Empire s final years in The Great Crescent of Asia comprising of what are now the states of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore The period covered in detail is relatively brief, between 1945 and mostly 1949 Most of what is narrated would probably fall under the rubric of social and political history The scholarship, while not exhaustive by any means, seems nevertheless very wide ranging, and strikes a nice [...]

    4. Very immersive and entertaining and informative book on Bengal, Burma Myanmar, and Malaya Malaysia in the five years following the end of World War 2, and the roots of collapse for the British Empire in south east Asia The book is basically a blow by blow account of how conflict, war, and insurgency broke out in Britain s Asian holdings in the few years following WW2, and takes a close look at how the different factions nationalists, communists, liberal imperialists, conservative imperialists, e [...]

    5. A well written account of how the British lost their Asian colonies after the Japanese retreated Personally, as a Singaporean, I had learnt in school about the sense of dissatisfaction and betrayal we had had against the British for surrendering us to the Japanese and that had caused a tidal wave of resistance movements towards the Crown and subsequently, a resolve to never be beholden to another Colonial Master This book traces the events and furher elaborates the little known decisions which l [...]

    6. This is a good general introduction to the rather messy end of Britain s Asian empire, something that has traditionally got very little coverage, with the focus on Cyprus and particularly Palestine.Given that it tries to cover India, Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia as chronologically as possible, it can get quite confusing at times In addition, I feel it stopped rather abruptly and may have benefited for a little on the final independence of Singapore However, overall very informative.

    7. This is an obscenely long book 600 pages that took me over a month to complete At its heart is the question of how the British Empire processed issues related to decolonization along its Asian crescent The partition of India, Burma s rocky independence and the Malayan Spring and Emergency are weaved into a compelling, if somewhat messy narrative A cool book nonetheless

    8. A very interesting history of Burma and Malaysia outlining the struggle during the world war and the fight to achieve freedom from colonial rule immediately after the world war Gives a good grounding and historical perspective about the region which is typically not that well known.

    9. brilliant review of asian countries in the wake of world war 2 and collapse of british empire esp in South East Asia.

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