HST 219 Lecture 8: South East Asia

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Wendy webster, the people"s empire and the people"s war . No apparent evidence of effectiveness in the colonies. Might have helped affirm ideas of british decency and tolerance. Did nothing to deepen broad commitment to maintain imperial power after the war. Themes: south east asia and the attempt to recolonize . Postwar situation: continuity in france, british and dutch colonial rule broken by. European states attempt to recolonize": reassert their power in many of their south east asian territories. Rise of the communist viet minh independence movement led by ho chi minh during the war. Viet minh declare vietnam independence immediately after war"s ended in 1945. First major anti- colonial struggle in the post war era. An eight year of war of decolonization ending with french defeat in 1954. Casualties in the hundreds or thousands, both military and civilian. Highlighted many of the characteristics of post war colonial conflicts.

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