The New World of Southeast Asia

The New World of Southeast Asia

The New World of Southeast Asia

The New World of Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia has been the preserve of a few specialists who write articles and books for one another. When events there affect the United States, it is very hard for the average American to discover what is really happening. Few universities have given much attention to the area in their programs of Asiatic studies, although there are indications that this attitude is changing. The purpose of this book is to explain the present situation to the university student and the general reader. The main problems are similar throughout the whole area, and they are dealt with in the four final chapters. They discuss such questions as the place of Southeast Asia in American, British, and Russian foreign policy; its importance in international trade and investment; and the setting up of democratic governments. There are marked differences between the countries, and each is described in a separate chapter. Stress is laid on the present political and economic situation, set against the background of the prewar position and the effects of the Japanese conquest. Southeast Asia is so complicated a subject that no single specialist pretends to know everything about everything. The authors hope that by each writing on his own specialty they will help the university student to fill a gap in his knowledge of Asia. They also trust that they will enable the general reader to understand the news in the papers better.

Between 1929 and 1945 Claude A. Buss was an official of the United States foreign service in China and the Philippines, where he spent two years in a Japanese internment camp. He was also a professor and a member of the staff of the Office of War Information. In 1948 he was a visiting expert at General Head-

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