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A Continent Erupts

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/18/2022

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A Continent Erupts

Decolonization, Civil War, and Massacre in Postwar Asia, 1945–1955

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A harrowing history of the conflicts that swept Asia during the decade following World War II―and determined the fate of the continent.

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The end of World War II led to the United States' emergence as a global superpower. For Western Europe it marked the beginning of decades of unprecedented cooperation and prosperity that one historian has labeled "the long peace." Yet half a world away, in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, and Malaya―the fighting never really stopped, as these regions sought to completely sever the yoke of imperialism and colonialism with all-too-violent consequences.

East and Southeast Asia quickly became the most turbulent regions of the globe. Within weeks of the famous surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri, civil war, communal clashes, and insurgency engulfed the continent, from Southeast Asia to the Soviet border. By early 1947, full-scale wars were raging in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Within a decade after the Japanese surrender, almost all of the countries of South, East, and Southeast Asia that had formerly been conquests of the Japanese or colonies of the European powers experienced wars and upheavals that resulted in the deaths of at least 2.5 million combatants and millions of civilians.

With A Continent Erupts, acclaimed military historian Ronald H. Spector draws on letters, diaries, and international archives to provide a comprehensive military history and analysis of these little-known but decisive events.

Author Bio

Ronald H. Spector is professor emeritus of history and international relations at George Washington University. He is the author of seven books, including Eagle Against the Sun and In the Ruins of Empire.