By Nicholas Tarling
This ebook describes British coverage in Southeast Asia within the early years of global conflict II. With its army power directed opposed to Germany, Britain drew on diplomatic assets to keep up its strength within the quarter and to restrict the japanese danger. The publication makes a speciality of Britain's family members with the US, Dutch India, the Philippines, French Indo-China and Thailand. Nicholas Tarling's wide research of British documents, and documentary fabric at the overseas guidelines of different states makes this a massive reinterpretation of the origins of the Pacific struggle.
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There will, however, always be the risk of a moment when, from sheer nervousness, she may do something drastic, of incalculable consequences, in order to guard against what she conceives to be a menace to her supplies. Any hint of concerted action, 'sanctions', etc. (particularly if America is involved, since most of her oil supplies come from there at present) is apt to produce a crisis of this kind. Allen did not 'see how, with the strategic distribution of our possessions in the Far East we could permit Japan to install herself in any part of the NEI'.
They had sought to avoid total dependence, however, and they had opened up the Indies commercially to other powers as well,50 even the Japanese. 51 The early years of the twentieth century nevertheless caused them much anxiety. The rise of Japanese power concerned them not only because it excited their subjects but also because it appeared to be encouraged by an alliance with the British. Moreover, they were aware that the Japanese were short of oil, which was available in Sumatra and Borneo. 52 In World War I, by contrast to the second, the Netherlands were permitted by both sides to maintain their neutrality.
Republican administrations tended to slow the pace to Filipinisation, Democrat to increase it. The Filipino elite was itself ambivalent. In some ways it was better to travel than to arrive. They increased their power within the islands while calling for independence. Some of them were more doubtful about securing independence. How would the political dynamics of the Philippines adapt? Would the US market for Philippines products remain? What would provide security for an independent republic? THE PHILIPPINES 35 The depression and its impact on the fortunes of other suppliers of sugar to the American market were to prompt some resolution of these issues.
Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Pacific War by Nicholas Tarling