Forgotten Armies The Fall of British Asia In the early stages of the Second World War the vast crescent of British ruled territories stretching from India to Singapore appeared as a massive Allied asset It provided scores of soldiers and gre

  • Title: Forgotten Armies: The Fall of British Asia, 1941-1945
  • Author: C.A. Bayly Tim Harper
  • ISBN: 9780674022195
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the early stages of the Second World War, the vast crescent of British ruled territories stretching from India to Singapore appeared as a massive Allied asset It provided scores of soldiers and great quantities of raw materials and helped present a seemingly impregnable global defense against the Axis Yet, within a few weeks in 1941 42, a Japanese invasion had destroyIn the early stages of the Second World War, the vast crescent of British ruled territories stretching from India to Singapore appeared as a massive Allied asset It provided scores of soldiers and great quantities of raw materials and helped present a seemingly impregnable global defense against the Axis Yet, within a few weeks in 1941 42, a Japanese invasion had destroyed all this, sweeping suddenly and decisively through south and southeast Asia to the Indian frontier, and provoking the extraordinary revolutionary struggles which would mark the beginning of the end of British dominion in the East and the rise of today s Asian world.More than a military history, this gripping account of groundbreaking battles and guerrilla campaigns creates a panoramic view of British Asia as it was ravaged by warfare, nationalist insurgency, disease, and famine It breathes life into the armies of soldiers, civilians, laborers, businessmen, comfort women, doctors, and nurses who confronted the daily brutalities of a combat zone which extended from metropolitan cities to remote jungles, from tropical plantations to the Himalayas Drawing upon a vast range of Indian, Burmese, Chinese, and Malay as well as British, American, and Japanese voices, the authors make vivid one of the central dramas of the twentieth century the birth of modern south and southeast Asia and the death of British rule.

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    1. A superb but terrifying bookThis can be fairly described as a “terrifying” book because it tells, in often horrific detail, what can happen to entire nations when they prove unwilling or incapable of recognising threats and challenges and do not have the institutions in place to deal with them. The focus is on the British colonies of Malaya (now the peninsular portion of Malaysia), Singapore and Burma, and on the eastern provinces of India – Bengal, Assam and what is now Bangladesh . The t [...]

    2. Saw a Commanders of Singapore show on the history channel and it piqued my interest, particularly in the pre-war era of Southeast Asia. A positive review of this book set me on its tracks. This book takes a perspective from about 20,000 feet. It discusses the battles, but not a blow by blow account. though the fall of Singapore is covered in some detail. The focus is more on the political interplay and the effects oncolonization and de-colonization. I found it all fascinating. This book does a g [...]

    3. Professor Bayly and Dr. Harper have produced a superb history of an important corner of the Second World War. It provides important insights into the South East Asian present.War changes everything. We see first a decadent British Empire run, in Burma and what would later be called Malaysia, by self-satisfied prigs whose failures would be all-to-evident in an early crushing defeat.Then, we have the new nationalisms of the region (though only these two countries and more tangentially, India, are [...]

    4. Forgotten Armies is a lively history of the Second World War years in the British crescent that ran from Calcutta through Assam, Burma and Malaysia to Singapore. Its focus is on political and social history, on the moulding of new identities, the overturning of old structures, the rise of new leaders, and the other changes that were to set the region on a new course.Bayly and Harper begin with pre-war society, describing the imperial heyday of the 1930s, based on surprisingly fragile foundations [...]

    5. Informative and well-researched, shedding light on an oft-neglected side in World War Two but hugely affecting subject in South East Asian history.

    6. Great book that tackled a huge history that might be forgotten to people in the West,but it's consequences and the history is important to region.

    7. We've all heard the story of how the Japanese surprised the English in the way they invaded Singapore now here's the rest of the story. Bayly's a master.

    8. This is a social history of peoples populating the 'crescent' ranging from Calcutta to Singapore during the war. It's meant to be read together with the sequel, Forgotten Wars, but I'm not sure if I can afford the time right nowWhile India and Thailand are touched on, Burma and Malaya are the twin mainstays of the narrative. Most of the 'hot' events covered in here - the fall of Malaya, the Bengal famine, the routing of the British and so-called shattering of the white supremacy myth - are proba [...]

    9. Because I have so many connections and friends in Singapore, I decided to read this book about the fall of the British Empire in Southeast Asia. I"m glad I did, it's a good book. It is not a military history, covers the war yes, but it focuses on the social and political aspects of the war, of the almost immediate collapse of the British in 1942, after 200 years, to the coming of the new overlords, the Japanese, to the fall of Japan and the reconquest. But the main point is that the war did not [...]

    10. The Fall of British Asia is one of the better analyses of how the British Empire came under strain during the course of World War II. This accurately assesses the effect that the Japanese had on the Crescent of British power and a look at what happened to the British islands of the pacific. Although many colonial groups thought the Japanese would be their key to freedom they quickly realized how wrong they were and this book does a great job of not only showing the colonial side but the British [...]

    11. An account of the British Empire in Asia from its fall to the Japs in late '41 to their surrender in '45. Mainly describing how the defeat and hasty retreat of their former colonial masters helped sow the seeds of nationalism from India and Burma to Malaya. Interesting to learn the duplicity of Indian and Burmese soldiers, who switched sides depending on whether the Japs or Brits had the upper hand during the course of the war. Expected more on the actual battles, but this is as much a social hi [...]

    12. I enjoyed reading this book. My main reason for choosing it was to have more background information for my great great uncle and for my great grandfather's nephew's family living in Burma. And still racism is a problem not just with the English and Americans but elsewhere in the English speaking and western worlds.

    13. List of IllustrationsMapsSome Key CharactersPreface: The Many 'Forgotten Armies'--Forgotten Armies: The Fall of British Asia, 1941-1945NotesBibliographyIndex

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