Asia : official British documents 1945-65 on CD-ROM : selected documents from the end of World War II to Vietnam


Asia : official British documents 1945-65 on CD-ROM : selected documents from the end of World War II to Vietnam

edited by Michael David Kandiah, Gillan Staerck, Christopher Staerck

Routledge : Published in association with the Public Record Office, 1999

  • : set
  • disc 1
  • disc 2
  • disc 3
  • disc 4
  • disc 5
  • disc 6


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Summary: Contains over 40,000 pages of archival British government material on matters related to the Asia Pacific region. Includes a variety of document types, including correspondence, minutes, and political analysis



Britain had an immensely important role to play in the international arena during the period 1945-65; newly independent states emerged in Asia as Britain retreated from Empire. This electronic collection gathers together documents from the Public Record Office's archive of British government records relating to Asia during this period. The four CD-ROMs give scholars across the world access to a searchable set of primary historical sources on diplomatic and economic policy-making. The package contains over 40,000 pages of documents as digital facsimiles - giving the added value of access to contemporary annotations - while being linked to fully searchable indices. These documents represent an overview of UK policy on the whole of Asia during this period, they also include diplomatic correspondence which highlights the policy and activities of other Powers - for example, the USA during the occupation of Japan. The result is an archive which historians and researchers everywhere should find valuable and easy to use. The machine specification the CD-ROMs require are Windows 3.1, 80486 66 Mhz minimum processor, 8 Mb RAM and 10Mb hard disk space.


  • Documents are drawn from: Foreign Office files, particularly FO 262, 370, 371, 676, 953, 1054 and 1084
  • Prime Ministers' correspondence, particularly PREM 8, 11 and 13, Cabinet files, particularly CAB 21, 120, 127, 128, 129, 130, 133 and 134
  • Ministry of Defence files, particularly DEFE 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 33
  • and Commonwealth Office, Commonwealth Relations Office and Dominions Office files, particularly CO 574-6, 717, 786, 825, 923, 930, 941, 947, 1022, 1023, 1030 and DO 35, 164, 169 and 199 Subjects include: the occupation of Japan
  • the post-surrender policy and the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers
  • the International Military Tribunal for the Far East
  • the new Constitution of 1946 in Japan
  • the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951
  • the end of occupation
  • the security treaty with the US
  • economic growth in Japan post 1952
  • the formation of the LDP
  • the KMT in Taiwan
  • Quemoy and Matsu
  • the post-war settlement in China
  • CCP victory and the inception of the People's Republic of China
  • the economy in the PRC
  • the Great Leap Forward
  • the first stirrings of the Cultural Revolution
  • the Sino-Soviet alliance
  • refugees in Hong Kong
  • economy in Hong Kong
  • US military government in Korea south of the 38th parallel
  • the inauguration of the Republic of Korea
  • the establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • the Korean War
  • post-1953 politics and economics in the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • independence in Burma
  • NE Win and military government in Burma
  • The South-East Asia Command
  • te establishment of the Federation of Malaysia
  • self-government in Singapore
  • the merger with the Federation of Malaysia
  • the separation of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia
  • Indochina, Vietnam and the Vietnam War
  • the fall of Dien Bien Phu
  • the Geneva Conference
  • the Bandung conference
  • SEATO. Editorial Board Members: Professor Sumio Hatano, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Professor Wang Gungwu, East Asian Institute, Singapore
  • Dr Antony Best, Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • John Saltford, Reader Information Services, Public Record Office, UK.

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