South East Asian History

Topics: Southeast Asia, World War I, Nationalism Pages: 4 (886 words) Published: May 18, 2014
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Revision: Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia (1942 – 1945)

To what extent was the Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia, during World War Two, the turning point in the development of nationalist movements? Points to Consider

How would you define the “turning point” of Southeast Asian nationalism? Was the impact of the Japanese Occupation uniformly positive or negative for the nationalist movements across Southeast Asia?

Was the Japanese Occupation the decisive event that made possible the post-war decolonisation process in Southeast Asia?

Remember that the arguments (P&E) in your essay must answer the following 3 subquestions: i.

What were the experiences of the nationalist movements during the pre-war Western colonial rule?


What were the changes / continuity experienced by the nationalist movements during the Japanese Occupation?


Link: How did these changes / continuity impact on the nationalist movements’ struggle for independence from Western colonial rule after World War Two?

Impact of the Japanese Occupation on Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements Recognising the Realities
1. The Japanese interregnum  relatively short duration of the Japanese Occupation (ranging from around 5 months to slightly more than 3 years) as compared to Western colonial rule
2. Ability of the nationalists to advance their respective agendas was still subjected to the permissible limits imposed by a foreign power (European / American  Japanese) 3. Failure of the nationalist movements to secure genuine independence for their countries during the Japanese Occupation  as opposed to nominal / conditional independence 4. Most of the pre-war problems / weaknesses that undermined the nationalist movements did not disappear during the Japanese Occupation


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Significant Changes under the Japanese Occupation

The Japanese Occupation allowed once-marginalised nationalist elites...
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