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Trial Foreign Office Files for South East Asia, 1963-1980

19 May 2020

Explore the history of Southeast Asia from 1963-1980 through official government documents from The National Archives, UK.

From now till the 15th of July 2020 Leiden University Library offers access to the primary source database Foreign Office Files for South East Asia, 1963-1980.  

This collection offers an insight into the significant changes that took place in Southeast Asia during 1963-1980, including the creation of Malaysia and the response to this from the wider region.

The documents in this database cover the Cobbold Commission, the end of the Malayan Emergency and tensions between Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as rising animosity towards the perceived threat of communism at this time.

The material offers insight into the challenges faced by political leaders during this time, documenting guerrilla activity, attempted coups and financial struggles in a time of conflict. Alongside this, the region saw a movement toward industrialisation and the strengthening of political alliances, shaping the emergence of a modern Southeast Asia.

Detailed information about the content of this digital collection is available on the website of publisher Adam Matthew.

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