Asian Nationalism and the West: A Symposium Based on Documents and Reports of the Eleventh Conference, Institute of Pacific Relations

Asian Nationalism and the West: A Symposium Based on Documents and Reports of the Eleventh Conference, Institute of Pacific Relations

Asian Nationalism and the West: A Symposium Based on Documents and Reports of the Eleventh Conference, Institute of Pacific Relations

Asian Nationalism and the West: A Symposium Based on Documents and Reports of the Eleventh Conference, Institute of Pacific Relations

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The ominous march of events in Asia since the outbreak of the Korean war has served to heighten the public interest in the older and more massive growth of Asian nationalism, and more recently in the relationship between nationalist and Communist movements in the Far East. The importance of those movements for Asia and for the Western world has become all too plain and fortunately is now much more widely recognized by political leaders and the general public than it was even in October 1950 when many aspects of Asian nationalism were considered at the Eleventh Conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations at Lucknow, India.

The present volume is intended to serve as something more than the Proceedings of that conference, though it does include the summaries of the round-table discussions. Three of the more important documents prepared for the conference have subsequently been revised and enlarged. They provide useful illustrations, and different facets, of the development of nationalist movements in a British colony (Malaya), a former French colony (Vietnam) and a former Dutch colony (Indonesia), each being at a different stage of political evolution and subjected to differing external forces. In addition an introductory chapter has been compiled by the Editor, incorporating excerpts from other conference papers dealing with various aspects of nationalism in the Philippines, Ceylon and Japan and also including some supplementary material on Burma, Nationalist China and India. No attempt has been made, however, to present a truly comprehensive survey of modern nationalism in Eastern and Southern Asia. It is worth noting that a good deal of information on that broad problem is contained in recent and forthcoming books prepared for the Institute of Pacific Relations, particularly Nationalism and Communism in East Asia by W. MacMahon Ball, Nationalism and Revolution in Indonesia by George McT. Kahin, The Left Wing in Southeast Asia by Virginia Thompson and Richard Adloff, in several chapters of The State of Asia by Lawrence K. Rosinger and Associates, and in not yet published studies dealing with Indochina (by Ellen J. Hammer) and Burma (by J. S. Furnivall).

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