Corpus ID: 159234286

British and Communist Crises in Malaya: A Response to Anthony Short

  title={British and Communist Crises in Malaya: A Response to Anthony Short},
  author={Karl Hack},
  journal={Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  • K. Hack
  • Published 2000
  • History
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
What if Henry Gurney had not been killed? Didn't the Mentri Mentri Besar ask to exclude Chinese from a meeting? By such questions, Anthony Short evokes a counterfactual world in which Gurney survived and struggled. The implication: he had to die, or at least he had to go. He does add that "with hindsight" good times were coming, but clearly argues the opposite: late 1951 leadership problems were so critical they had to be solved before things could improve significantly. Short's reply adds that… Expand
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