Unconventional Conflicts in a New Security Era: Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam

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"Malaya, see K. G. Tregonning, A History of Modern Malaya ( New York: David McKay, 1964); C. A. Fisher, Southeast Asia: A Social, Economic and Political Geography ( New York: Barnes and Noble, 1964); L. A. Malaya Mills: A Political and Economic Appraisal ( Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1958); and D. G.E. Hall, A History of South- East Asia, 2nd ed. ( New York: St. Martin's Press, 1964).
2.
For a discussion of the evolution of these systems, see Gordon P. Means, Malaysian Politics ( New York: New York University Press, 1970), pp. 42-44.
3.
Tregonning, p. 239.
4.
Kahin, p. 289. See also John Bastin and Robin W. Winks, Malaysia: Selected Historical Readings ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1966), p. 349.
5.
Mills, p. 72. For a discussion of the agreement, see Federation of Malaya, The Federation Agreement, 1948 ( Kuala Lumpur: Federation of Malaya Government Press, 1952); and Great Britain, Reference Division, Central Office of Information, The Fight Against Communist Terrorism in Malaya, London, no date, pp. 26-27.
6.
Tregonning, pp. 297-98. According to Victor Purcell, Malaya: Communist or Free? (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1954), p. 67, the organization of the MCA stemmed from a political vacuum in the Chinese community after the outbreak of the insurgency.
7.
Anthony Short, The Communist Insurrection in Malaya, 1948-1960 ( New York: Crane, Russak, 1975), p. 345. For a comprehensive discussion of events leading to and adoption of the Merdeka Constitution, see Means, pp. 170-92.
8.
For a discussion of the Chinese community in Malaya from the tin-mining days to the post-emergency period, see Victor Purcell, The Chinese in Southeast Asia ( London: Oxford University Press, 1956), pp. 223-356.
9.
Lucien Pye, Guerrilla Communism in Malaya (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 1956), p. 53.
11.
Kahin, pp. 457-58.
13.
Mills, pp. 3-12.
14
. Vernon Bartlett, Report from Malaya ( New York: Criterion Books, 1955), p. 108.
15.
For a brief but useful discussion of the Indian community, see Means, pp. 36-41.
16.
U.S. Department of State, Office of Intelligence Research, The Problem of Agrarian Reform in British Malaysia ( Washington, DC, 1951), p. 7. This is an excellent account of the problems of preserving Malaya predominance over the Chinese in rural areas during the period following World War II.
17.
For a more detailed discussion of these issues, see Kahin, p. 459.
18.
Means, p. 17.
19.
As quoted in Bastin and Winks, pp. 351-52.
20.
The population figures are a synthesis of those presented in T. E. Smith, Population Growth in Malaya ( London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1952); C. A. Fisher, Southeast Asia ( New York: Barnes and Noble, 1964); and Means, p. 12.
21.
Richard L. Clutterbuck, The Long, Long War: Counter- Insurgency in Malaya and Vietnam ( New York: Praeger, 1966), p. 45.
22.
Clutterbuck, p. 46.
23.
Bartlett, p. 47. See Richard Miers, Shoot to Kill ( London: Faber, 1959) for an account of the role of the aborigines in the emergency.
24.
Bela C. Maday, et al., Area Handbook for Malaysia and Singapore ( Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1956), p. 177.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Preface ix
  • Notes xi
  • Part I - Introduction 1
  • 1 - Conflict Analysis: The Comparative Framework 3
  • Notes 22
  • Part II - Comparative Analysis 25
  • 2 - The State of the Nation: Great Britain, the United States, and Unconventional Conflicts 27
  • Notes 53
  • 3 - Military Posture and Nature of Conflict: Malaya 55
  • Notes 76
  • 4 - Military Posture and Nature of Conflict: The Diem Period in Vietnam 79
  • Notes 93
  • 5 - Military Posture and Nature of Conflict: The United States and the Second Indo-China War 95
  • Notes 119
  • 6 - Nature of Indigenous Systems: Revolutionary Systems 123
  • Notes 136
  • 7 - Nature of Indigenous Systems: Counterrevolutionary Systems 137
  • Notes 161
  • 8 - Conclusions: Malaya and Vietnam 165
  • Part III - Conclusions: What Needs to Be Done 183
  • 9 - The United States and the Emerging Security Agenda 185
  • Notes 198
  • Selected Bibliography 201
  • Index 217
  • About the Author 227
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