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Ending 'East of Suez': The British Decision to Withdraw from Malaysia and Singapore 1964-1968

P. L. Pham


In 1964, Britain's defence presence in Malaysia and Singapore was the largest and most expensive component of the country's world‐wide role. Yet within three and a half years, the Wilson Government had announced that Britain would be withdrawing from its major Southeast Asian bases and abandoning any special military role ‘East of Suez’. The purpose of this book is to document and explain the British policy process leading to the decisions to withdraw.

Keywords: United Kingdom, defence policy, Wilson government, United States, Johnson administration, Malaysia, Singapore, east of Suez, devaluation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. L. Pham, author
Adviser to the Australian Minister for Health and Ageing