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Negotiating with the Malayan Communist Party, 1948-89

Hack, Karl (2011). Negotiating with the Malayan Communist Party, 1948-89. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 39(4) pp. 607–632.

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This article looks at one of the best documented examples of negotiations with insurgents in a British colonial territory: the Baling Talks of 28-29 December 1955. At these the Malayan Communist Party Secretary-General, Chin Peng, attempted to negotiate an end to the Malayan Emergency. It examines how the communist leadership came to desire negotiations over the period 1954-56, how it viewed them, and on what terms they might have succeeded. It also seeks to understand the British perspective. It shows how, for the British, these one-off negotiations have to be understood in relation to a wider British ‘persuasive’ strategy. Finally, the paper shows why the attitudes and interests of the British and host nation politicians meant that the 1955 talks were doomed to fail.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1743-9329
Extra Information: Special Issue: Negotiating with the Enemy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 30389
Depositing User: Karl Hack
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 17:10
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:09
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