A small, distant war? Historiographical reflections on the Malayan Emergency

  title={A small, distant war? Historiographical reflections on the Malayan Emergency},
  author={Bernard Z. Keo},
  journal={History Compass},


‘Devils that suck the blood of the Malayan People’: The Case for Post-Revisionist Analysis of Counter-insurgency Violence
This article addresses the ‘revisionist’ case that post-war Western counter-insurgency deployed widespread, exemplary violence in order to discipline and intimidate populations. It does this by usingExpand
Gene Z. Hanrahan: Elusive Historian of the Malayan Emergency
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‘A Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut’? Naval Gunfire Support During the Malayan Emergency
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Cold War scripts
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Detention, Deportation and Resettlement: British Counterinsurgency and Malaya's Rural Chinese, 1948–60
To understand how empires control ‘hostile’ populations, we need to penetrate below overarching terms such as ‘counter-terror’ and ‘winning hearts and minds’, in order to understand discreteExpand
“At That Time We Were Intimidated on All Sides”: Residues of the Malayan Emergency as a Conjunctural Episode of Dispossession
ABSTRACT: This article proposes that the Emergency counterinsurgency campaign of the British colonial state should be viewed as a conjunctural episode of dispossession of Malayan laboring people.Expand
The repatriation of the Chinese as a counter-insurgency policy during the Malayan Emergency
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Everyone lived in fear: Malaya and the British way of counter-insurgency
Recent research on Palestine, Kenya, and Malaya has emphasised the coercive nature of ‘Britain's dirty wars’. Abuses have been detailed and a self-congratulatory Cold War-era account of BritishExpand
Oral History and People's Memory of the Malayan Emergency (1948-60): The Case of Pulai
By using the oral history approach, this article challenges the state-oriented discourse on the success of the Malayan Emergency. The British colonial government made claims that a "New Village" wasExpand
Southeast Asia: Strong-state Democratization in Malaysia and Singapore
Abstract:Enduring authoritarian stability in Malaysia and Singapore has been a product of these countries' extraordinarily powerful state apparatuses. Strong states emerged well before bothExpand