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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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The British Empire in South-East Asia

The British Empire in South-East Asia

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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

Nicholas Tarling

Oxford University Press

The historiography of South-East Asia provides examples of every type of Imperial relationship and of others that at first sight do not seem Imperial. The concept of South-East Asia as a region is under challenge. The historiography of British South-East Asia gives opportunities for studying both the territories of South-East Asia and the region as a whole and considering the interrelationships. In the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s, the writing on British imperialism in South-East Asia grew for a number of reasons. The study of British imperialism in South-East Asia until the late 1960s had been constrained by the fifty-year rule. The change to a thirty-year rule by the Wilson government had a number of effects, both short- and long-term. The historiography of South-East Asia was being enriched, not only by the extension of its purview, but by its deepening. In the 1990s, a new wave of nationalism penetrated the historical profession in South-East Asia. So far, the historiography of South-East Asia, in part perhaps because it has grown out of studies of Imperial activities, has been enriched by an international approach in method, in authorship, and in publication.

Keywords:   British Empire, South-East Asia, historiography, British imperialism, nationalism, Imperial activities

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