Tropical transitions in colonial counter-insurgency: From Malayan Emergency to post-colonial partnership

Hack, Karl (2015). Tropical transitions in colonial counter-insurgency: From Malayan Emergency to post-colonial partnership. In: Johnson, Robert and Clack, Timothy eds. At the End of Military Intervention: Historical, Theoretical, and Applied Approaches to Transition, Handover, and Withdrawal. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 61–85.

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This chapter looks at the role of 'deep transitioning' in the successful British ending of counterinsurgency commitments in Malaya, from 1948 to 1960. It demonstrates how this 'colonial' model of transitioning was based on making insurgency integral rather than exterior to the existing state, and gradually increasing local control and membership of the relevant state and security machinery.

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