"Iron Claws on Malaya": The Historiography of the Malayan Emergency

  title={"Iron Claws on Malaya": The Historiography of the Malayan Emergency},
  author={Karl Hack},
  journal={Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  • K. Hack
  • Published 1999
  • History
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
This article addresses the historiography of the Malayan Emergency (1948–60). It does so by challenging two archetypal works on the conflict: those of Anthony Short and Richard Stubbs. These argue the Emergency was locked in stalemate as late as 1951. By then, a “population control” approach had been implemented — the so-called Briggs Plan for resettling 500,000 Chinese squatters. The predominantly Chinese nature of the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA) had also ensured that most Malays… Expand
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