Download PDF by Robin Jeffrey: Asia—The Winning of Independence

By Robin Jeffrey

ISBN-10: 0333278577

ISBN-13: 9780333278574

ISBN-10: 1349166340

ISBN-13: 9781349166343

Advent / Robin Jeffrey --
The Philippines / Alfred W. McCoy --
India / Robin Jeffrey --
Indonesia / Anthony Reid --
Vietnam / David Marr --
Malaya / Lee Kam Hing --
end / D.A. Low.

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The last chapter of this book looks at the comparisons and contrasts in greater detail. 'FROM ALLAHABAD TO JAKARTA' 'By air Batavia [Jakarta] can be reached in two days from Allahabad', Jawaharlal Nehru wrote to a colleague in October 1945, informing him of an invitation from Sukarno to come to view events in Indonesia, especially the use of Indian troops. 'I replied that if there is need for me there in the interest of Indonesian freedom I shall come'IS (see illustration, p. 109). An intense common interest and experience were growing among the colonially ruled peoples of Asia in the last months of 1945.

Rice farmers in the eight Tagalogspeaking provinces ringing Manila leased their lands from the Spanish religious corporations and had everything to gain from a successful revolt against Spain. As owners of vast sugar plantations protected from labour unrest by the patrols of the Spanish Guardia Civil, the planters of the Western Visayas region, in contrast, had every reason to support the maintenance of Spanish colonial rule. Sugar planters obtained credit from foreign export houses by mortgaging their plantations to guarantee delivery of the next crop, and were strongly opposed to any insurgency which might threaten the harvest of standing cane or deny them access to foreign markets.

The war had fostered this. To suit Japanese interests, men and women had moved, and been forced to move, throughout Asia: nationalist leaders, and would-be leaders, had been flown to Tokyo; labourers had been transported hundreds of miles to build roads and airfields; refugees and guerrillas had fled to wherever shelter was available. Wherever they ruled, the Japanese trumpeted their Greater East Asian Co-prosperity Sphere in the controlled press, and numerous conferences of journalists and politicians were held in Tokyo under its authority.

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