Cold War At Borders: The conflict was a period of intense conflict across Southeast Asia, marked by a bloody mixture of interstate conflicts, civil wars, displacement, and genocides. The disastrous tally of human suffering and lives wasted have led many to argue that the term “Cold War” is itself a misnomer within the region.
Cold War At Borders: Asia was drastically affected by the cold war. The Korean war divided Korea at the 38th parallel, making it into North and South Korea. China in 1949 was declared a communist nation and (technically) still is today. … Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan were all part of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. conflict across Southeast Asia, marked by a bloody mix of interstate conflicts, civil wars, displacement, and genocides. The disastrous tally of human suffering and lives wasted have led many to argue that the term “Cold War” is itself a misnomer within the region. Moreover, coinciding with this era of worldwide tension were more or less protracted national liberation struggles and therefore the consolidation of postcolonial regimes across Southeast Asia, amplifying the impact of the conflict as its requirements shaped alliances, ideological frames, and state and societal priorities.
Cold War At Borders: Just as the outbreak of the conflict in Europe after WWII forced Western European leaders to rethink their security and their places within the world, so too did the arrival of the conflict to Asia force South and Southeast Asian countries to make equally hard and historically important choices. Moreover, if former European colonial powers soon found their interests in
Cold War At Borders: Asia influenced by conflict imperatives, Asian nationalists found their efforts to market a decolonized region complicated by the conflict. Much has been written on the method of imperial withdrawal from Asia. Surprisingly, we still know preciously little about how newly independent South and Southeast Asian countries viewed and addressed the Cold War, the policies and actions of the retreating Western imperial powers, and therefore the Americans arriving on the scene. Nor do we know much about how the communist giants, China and therefore the USSR, viewed these countries trying to run a middle-course. And yet the Non-Aligned Movement clearly emerged during this context of negotiating Imperial Retreat and therefore the conflict.
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