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Colonial Armies in Southeast Asia : Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia - Tobias Rettig

Colonial Armies in Southeast Asia

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

By: Tobias Rettig (Editor), Karl Hack (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 22nd December 2005
ISBN: 9780415334136
Number Of Pages: 334

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Colonial armies were the focal points for some of the most dramatic tensions inherent in Chinese, Japanese and Western clashes with Southeast Asia. The international team of scholars take the reader on a compelling exploration from Ming China to the present day, examining their conquests, management and decolonization.


The journey covers perennial themes such as the recruitment, loyalty, and varied impact of foreign-dominated forces. But it also ventures into unchartered waters by highlighting Asian use of 'colonial' forces to dominate other Asians. This sends the reader back in time to the fifteenth century Chinese expansion into Yunnan and Vietnam, and forwards to regional tensions in present-day Indonesia, and post-colonial issues in Malaysia and Singapore.


Drawing these strands together, the book shows how colonial armies must be located within wider patterns of demography, and within bigger systems of imperial security and power - American, British, Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, and Japanese - which in turn helped to shape modern Southeast Asia.


Colonial Armies in Southeast Asia will interest scholars working on low intensity conflict, on the interaction between armed forces and society, on comparative imperialism, and on Southeast Asia.

List of illustrationsp. ix
List of mapsp. x
List of tablesp. xi
List of contributorsp. xii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
Abbreviations and glossaryp. xvii
Backgroundp. 1
Imperial systems of power, colonial forces and the making of modern Southeast Asiap. 3
Demography and domination in Southeast Asiap. 39
Ming Chinese colonial armies in Southeast Asiap. 73
Experimenting with tools of conquest and dominationp. 105
Ethnicity and martial races: the Garde indigene of Cambodia in the 1880s and 1890sp. 107
Double-edged swords of conquest in Indochina: Tirailleurs Tonkinois, Chasseurs annamites and militias, 1883-1895p. 126
The mixed company: fighting power and ethnic relations in the Dutch Colonial Army, 1890-1920p. 154
Loyalty and revolt in the era of nationalism and warp. 169
American exceptionalism in colonial forces? The Philippine Scout mutiny of 1924p. 171
Colonial forces in British Burma: a national army postponedp. 195
Decolonisationp. 211
The impact of the Japanese occupation on colonial and anti-colonial armies in Southeast Asiap. 213
Imperialism and decolonisation in Southeast Asia: colonial forces and British world powerp. 239
Postcolonial analyses and residuesp. 267
Colonial militias in East Timor from the Portuguese period to independencep. 269
Colonial forces as postcolonial memories: the commemoration and memory of the Malay Regiment in modern Malaysia and Singaporep. 302
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780415334136
ISBN-10: 0415334136
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 22nd December 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1