The Pacific Basin since 1945: An International History

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Edition: 2nd
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Pub. Date: 2001-02-05
Publisher(s): Routledge
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Summary

The nations of the Pacific Basin - in East and Southeast Asia, Australasia, the Pacific islands and the Americas - make up the world's largest economic zone, and its most culturally diverse region. In recent years its Asian 'Tiger Economies' have suffered economic collapse and unfinished business from the Cold War has produced continuing conflict and instability. The new edition of this pioneering book traces the postwar inter-relationships of all the rim and island nations. It gives a unique impression of the make-up of the region, and the tensions within it. The book integrates a wide range of information from books and articles; from published and unpublished sources, including recently opened Russian and American archives; and from the first-hand experiences of participants, including those of the author, in Pacific Basin affairs. Vigorously written and strongly argued, no other account brings together all the threads of the development of international relations in this complex and fascinating region.

Author Biography

Roger C. Thompson is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of New South Wales, based at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra

Table of Contents

Illustrations
viii
Abbreviations ix
Preface xii
Editorial Foreword xiii
Introduction 1(2)
Postwar Asian Reconstruction and Political Changes, 1945-1949
3(37)
Reconstructing Japan
3(6)
The Cold War comes to East Asia
9(2)
China, the US and the USSR
11(4)
Dividing Korea
15(5)
Contest for control of Vietnam
20(5)
Struggle for independence in Indonesia
25(6)
Outbreak of insurrection in Malaya
31(4)
The Huk rebellion in the Philippines
35(3)
Conclusions
38(2)
Containing the Advance of Asian Communism, 1950-1960
40(33)
The Korean War
40(8)
Repercussions of the Korean War
48(2)
China, the US, USSR and Taiwan
50(3)
Colonial Remnants in China: Macau and Hong Kong
53(2)
Japan and the Korean War
55(1)
Continuing conflict in Vietnam
56(9)
Suppression of rebellion in the Philippines
65(2)
Defeating insurgency in Malaya
67(2)
Opposition to the US-Japan Security Treaty
69(1)
The US, the USSR and Indonesia
70(1)
Conclusions
71(2)
Confrontation and Cooperation in East and Southeast Asia, 1961-1968
73(33)
The Kennedy Administration and Vietnam
73(6)
The US, China and the USSR
79(1)
Indonesia and Irian Jaya
80(2)
Confrontation
82(4)
Malaysia expels Singapore
86(1)
The Johnson Administration and Vietnam
87(12)
Other nations and the Vietnam War
99(6)
Conclusions
105(1)
Detente, Disengagement and Invasion in East and Southeast Asia, 1969-1979
106(33)
Searching for an end to the Vietnam War
106(8)
US moves towards China and the USSR
114(1)
Ending the Vietnam War
115(8)
Indonesia's invasion of East Timor
123(4)
ASEAN, Cambodia, Vietnam and China
127(6)
The US and East Asia
133(5)
Conclusions
138(1)
Independence for some Pacific Islands, 1945-1980
139(35)
Postwar reconstruction and islander aspirations to 1949
139(3)
Slow Polynesian roads to independence
142(5)
Pushing independence for Papua New Guinea
147(4)
Independence for the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
151(4)
Opposition to independence in the French Pacific
155(2)
Struggle for independence in New Caledonia
157(5)
Pacific outposts of the American Empire
162(4)
Melanesians under Indonesian rule
166(2)
Independent Pacific Island states
168(5)
Conclusions
173(1)
Arresting Communism in Latin America, 1945-1979
174(20)
The CIA and Guatemala
174(2)
The Alliance for Progress era
176(5)
Crushing Marxism in Chile
181(4)
The Nixon/Ford administrations, Peru and Central America
185(2)
The US and Mexico
187(1)
The Carter administration and Latin America
188(2)
Latin America and the wider Pacific Basin
190(2)
Conclusions
192(2)
Asian Economic Expansion and Strategic Change, 1980-1990
194(35)
Japan's new economic order in the Pacific Basin
194(12)
Japan and the American defence network
206(3)
The US, the USSR and the East Asian strategic balance
209(11)
The Cambodian conflict
220(4)
The ASEAN states
224(3)
Conclusions
227(2)
Conflicts and Coups in the Islands, 1980-1990
229(25)
The coups in Fiji and their consequences
229(5)
Papua New Guinea (PNG)
234(5)
New Caledonia
239(5)
French Polynesia
244(2)
Other Pacific nations and the French presence in the Pacific
246(1)
Australasia and the US
247(2)
The US and the Pacific islands
249(2)
Australia, Indonesia and the islands
251(1)
Conclusions
252(2)
War and Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere, 1980-1990
254(23)
The US crusade against Nicaragua
254(6)
The US and the long war in El Salvador
260(3)
US relations with other Central American States and Panama
263(4)
The US and other American nations
267(5)
The Americas and the Pacific Basin
272(4)
Conclusions
276(1)
The Post-Cold War Pacific Basin since 1991
277(36)
Japan's relations with the US and Russia
277(3)
The two Koreas and international powers
280(5)
China, the US and Taiwan
285(4)
China, Hong Kong and Macau
289(1)
China's relations with Russia and Japan
290(2)
The ASEAN states
292(3)
The East Asian economic crisis
295(3)
Indonesia, East Timor and Australia
298(3)
Australasia, the US and the Pacific Islands
301(5)
North America and APEC
306(2)
Central and South America
308(4)
Conclusions
312(1)
Conclusion 313(4)
Further Reading 317(10)
Maps 327(10)
Index 337

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