Outposts of Empire: Korea, Vietnam, and the Origins of the by Steven Hugh Lee

By Steven Hugh Lee

Following global battle II the U.S., made up our minds to avoid an extension of the effect of the Soviet Union and Communist China, took the lead in organizing the defence of Western pursuits in Asia. Steven Lee explores the overseas coverage targets of the USA, Canada, and, nice Britain and examines the position that monetary and army reduction performed of their makes an attempt to set up pro-Western, anti-communist governments at the outer edge of communist East Asia. Drawing on quite a lot of lately declassified files, Lee outlines the neighborhood and overseas context of yank diplomatic historical past in Korea and Vietnam and analyses the connection among containment, the bi-polar foreign process, and eu and American ideas of empire in the beginning of the period of decolonization. He argues that even if coverage makers in Canada and the uk followed a extra shielding containment coverage in the direction of Communist China than the USA did, they often supported American makes an attempt to advertise pro-Western elites in Korea and Vietnam. this can be an incredible ebook for an individual attracted to American international coverage, Anglo-American kin, Asia, and the overseas approach and Canadian overseas coverage.

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In South Korea the Americans had successfully helped a pro-Western indigenous political elite come to power. In Vietnam the inability of the Americans and French to foster such a political base plagued American administrations until 1975. S. attempts to implement informal empire strategies in Vietnam. CONTAINMENT AND COLONIALISM IN MALAYA AND HONG KONG From an historiographical point of view, the role of economic factors in shaping Western containment policies towards Asia has tended to be neglected.

Discussions with American officials regarding a possible naval blockade of the China coast were looked on with dismay by British officials, who were worried about the impact that such a blockade would have on trade between Hong Kong and the mainland. These concerns were felt by all three British foreign secretaries in the period. India also had an important role in Britain's defensive containment strategy in Asia. In 1949 the permanent under-secretary of the Foreign Office, William Strang, became convinced that India could be a useful ally in containing communist activities in East Asia generally and in Southeast Asia specifically.

Although the Americans found French political strategies frustrating, they recognized that a political settlement would not be forthcoming as long as the communists remained a powerful force in Vietnam. By 1948 it was becoming apparent that a negotiated settlement could occur only after the destruction of the Viet Minh. Although the United States was not yet directly involved in the war, one prerequisite for American direct involvement already existed: the association of Vietnamese communism with Soviet communism.

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