Asian Nations: The Demise of the European Empires in Asia 1945-1950

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Asian Nations: The Demise of the European Empires in Asia 1945-1950

<p>Huge changes took place in the Asian nations in the years immediately after World War 2. China became a Communist dictatorship in 1949 and invaded Tibet in 1950. Indonesia, India, Vietnam and

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Huge changes took place in the Asian nations in the years immediately after World War 2. China became a Communist dictatorship in 1949 and invaded Tibet in 1950. Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Cambodia fought their European colonial masters for independence. The Korean War 1950-1953 entrenched polarised Communist and Non Communist blocs in the Cold War and remains a highly contested area of foreign policy in 2018. Japan struggled to emerge from the horrors of the atomic bombs dropped on her cities in 1945. The newly formed United Nations struggled to cope with the series of localised conflicts in this period.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Nicholas Tarling, Britain, South East Asia and the Onset of the Cold War 1945-1950, CUP 2010
  • Dieter Heinzig, The Soviet Union and Communist China 1945-1950, Routledge, 2003
  • Ronald Spector, In the Ruins of Empire, Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Japan, Random House, 2008


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Decolonialism and the quest for independence from European empires in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos 1945-1950
  • Emergence of Japan in the wake of World War 11 and the dropping of two atom bombs on its cities, military occupation of Japan by the USA
  • Civil War in China 1945-1949 and the victory of Mao Tse Tung’s Communist forces
  • Invasion of Tibet by China in 1950 and the beginnings of the Korean War 1950-1953
  • Cold War hot spots during the period of Asian decolonialisation


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain a sound understanding of key characteristics of each Asian nation as it strives for independence post World War II
  2. Discuss the results of the confrontations between the emerging nations and old colonial masters and the role of the United Nations in the developing Cold War.
  3. Identify the key factors contributing to the outbreak of the later Vietnam War.