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Britain and the Confrontation with Indonesia, 1960-66

Britain and the Confrontation with Indonesia, 1960-66
David Easter

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The confrontation with Indonesia cut to the heart of Britain's desire to retain global power status in the 1960s and was central to decolonisation and British defence policy across South-East Asia. Factors such as the need to maintain a military base in Singapore drove strategy and this confrontation became a major commitment - close at times to escalating into full-scale regional war. However, 'the Confrontation' was not recorded as a conflict of this scale, and Britain was cast into a passive and defensive role. Here, David Easter reveals a radically different view, persuasively making the case that Britain waged a secret and aggressive war against President Sukarno's Indonesia. It was the covert nature of operations and the deliberate decision of British policy-makers to keep the full extent of this conflict away from public scrutiny that has allowed it to be overshadowed in the annals of history.

Author Info

David Easter is a Tutorial Fellow at the London School of Economics in the University of London.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Tauris Academic Studies
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848859692
Publication Date: 29 Mar 2012
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 134

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