Description - Colonial Armies in Southeast Asia by Tobias Rettig
Written by a team of international contributors, the essays in this volume take the reader on a compelling journey through Southeast Asia from pre-colonial times to the present day, examining colonial armies, their conquests, management and decolonisation. Colonial armies were the focal points for some of the most dramatic tensions inherent in Europe's clash with Southeast Asia. This collection explores how these armies were the main agents of conquest and domination and of vital importance during decolonisation. However, colonial forces were not merely instruments of oppression. While they could be structured to reflect tactics of divide and rule, the book reveals how they also acted as modernising forces providing opportunity, escape and prestige.
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Author Biography - Tobias Rettig
School of Oriental and African Studies, UK Nanyang Technological University, Singapore