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Outposts of empire : Korea, Vietnam and the origins of the Cold War in Asia, 1949-1954 / Steven Hugh Lee
Bib ID 1006962
Format BookBook
Author
Lee, Steven Hugh, 1962-
 
Description Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995 
xiv, 295 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0773513264
0773514201 (paperback)
Summary

Following World War II the United States, determined to prevent the extension of Soviet and Communist Chinese influence, took the lead in organizing the defence of Western interests in Asia. In Outposts of Empire Steven Lee explores the foreign policy objectives of the United States, as well as those of Great Britain and Canada, and examines the role that economic and military aid played in their attempts to establish pro-Western, anti-Communist governments on the periphery of Communist East Asia.

Drawing on a wide range of recently declassified documents, Lee outlines the regional and international context of American diplomatic relations with Korea and Vietnam and analyses the relationship between containment, the bipolar international system, and American and European concepts of empire at the beginning of the era of decolonization. He argues that although policy makers in the United Kingdom and Canada adopted a more defensive containment policy toward Communist China than the United States did, they generally supported American attempts to promote pro-Western elites in Korea and Vietnam.

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction: The New Empire
  • 2. Informal Empire and Continental East Asia, January-June 1950
  • 3. Containing the Soviet Empire: The North Atlantic Triangle and the Korean War, 1950-1951
  • 4. Defending Southeast Asia: Informal Empire and Containment in Vietnam, 1950-1953
  • 5. The North Atlantic Triangle, China, and the Korean Armistice Negotiations, 1951-1953
  • 6. The Political Economy of Containment and Detente, 1953-1954
  • 7. A Clash of Empires: The Indochina Conference, 1954
  • 8. Conclusion.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects World politics -- 1945-1955.  |  Asia -- Foreign relations.

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