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Forgotten armies : the fall of British Asia, 1941-1945

Author: C A Bayly; T N Harper
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005.
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"More than a military history, this account of groundbreaking battles and guerrilla campaigns creates a panoramic view of British Asia as it was ravaged by warfare, nationalist insurgency, disease, and famine. It breathes life into the armies of soldiers, civilians, laborers, businessmen, comfort women, doctors, and nurses who confronted the daily brutalities of a combat zone which extended from metropolitan cities  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C A Bayly; T N Harper
ISBN: 067401748X 9780674017481 067402219X 9780674022195
OCLC Number: 56592259
Description: xxxiii, 555 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Escaping colonialism --
Journeys through Empire --
1941: Last of the Indian and Burmese days --
1942: A very British disaster --
1942: Debacle in Burma --
1942: The abyss and the way back --
1943: Valleys of the shadow of death --
1943: Personal wars --
1944: The pivot of the fighting --
1944: The nemesis of greater East Asia --
1945: Freedoms won and lost --
August 1945: an end and a beginning.
Responsibility: Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper.
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The vast crescent of British-ruled territories from India down to Singapore appeared in the early stages of the Second World War a massive asset in the war with Germany, providing huge quantities of  Read more...

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by SiegfriedSchwertner (WorldCat user on 2006-09-28)

In the early stages of the Second World War, the vast crescent of British-ruled territories stretching from India to Singapore appeared as a massive Allied asset. It provided scores of soldiers and great quantities of raw materials and helped present a seemingly impregnable global defense against the Axis. Yet, within a few weeks in 1941-42, a Japanese invasion had destroyed all this, sweeping suddenly and decisively through south and southeast Asia to the Indian frontier, and provoking the extraordinary revolutionary struggles which would mark the beginning of the end of British dominion in the East and the rise of today’s Asian world. More than a military history, this gripping ac-count of groundbreaking battles and guerrilla campaigns creates a panoramic view of British Asia as it was ravaged by warfare, nationalist in-surgency, disease, and famine. It breathes life into the armies of soldiers, civilians, laborers, businessmen, comfort women, doctors, and nurses who confronted the daily brutalities of a combat zone which extended from metropolitan cities to remote jungles, from tropical plantations to the Himalayas. Drawing upon a vast range of Indian, Burmese, Chinese, and Malay as well as British, American, and Japanese voices, the au-thors make vivid one of the central dramas of the twentieth century: the birth of modern south and southeast Asia and the death of British rule. - Publisher note

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by SiegfriedSchwertner (WorldCat user on 2006-09-28)

In the early stages of the Second World War, the vast crescent of British-ruled territories stretching from India to Singapore appeared as a massive Allied asset. It provided scores of soldiers and great quantities of raw materials and helped present a seemingly impregnable global defense against the Axis. Yet, within a few weeks in 1941-42, a Japanese invasion had destroyed all this, sweeping suddenly and decisively through south and southeast Asia to the Indian frontier, and provoking the extraordinary revolutionary struggles which would mark the beginning of the end of British dominion in the East and the rise of today’s Asian world. More than a military history, this gripping ac-count of groundbreaking battles and guerrilla campaigns creates a panoramic view of British Asia as it was ravaged by warfare, nationalist in-surgency, disease, and famine. It breathes life into the armies of soldiers, civilians, laborers, businessmen, comfort women, doctors, and nurses who confronted the daily brutalities of a combat zone which extended from metropolitan cities to remote jungles, from tropical plantations to the Himalayas. Drawing upon a vast range of Indian, Burmese, Chinese, and Malay as well as British, American, and Japanese voices, the au-thors make vivid one of the central dramas of the twentieth century: the birth of modern south and southeast Asia and the death of British rule.

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