Legacies of the Cold War in East and Southeast Asia

Eva Hansson

The introduction for the special issue on Legacies of the Cold War in Asia is now published.

Legacies of the Cold War in East and Southeast Asia: An Introduction” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2020.1758955) is authored by guest editors Eva Hansson of the Forum for Asian Studies, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University in Sweden, Kevin Hewison of the Department of Asian Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill in  USA and the Centre for Macau Studies, University of Macau and Jim Glassman of the Department of Geography, The University of British Columbia in Canada.

Kevin Hewison

The special issue will be published as Issue 4 for 2020.

The abstract for the paper states:

This article introduces the pieces collected in this special issue on the legacies of the Cold War in East and Southeast Asia. Linking to the Journal of Contemporary Asia’s 50th Anniversary volume, it examines the origins and conflicts associated with the Cold War in Asia. In this special issue, the authors collectively examine the enduring legacies for the region of US engagements that established a set of politically authoritarian regimes trumpeting anti-communism while promoting American-style capitalism.

Jim Glassman

While the path-dependence of this historical moment has not by itself bequeathed Asia’s current crop of authoritarian governments, the authors argue that the current situation cannot be fully understood without reference to Cold War legacies. This introductory article contextualises the pieces in the special issue by providing a broad overview of the variety of Cold War political and economic legacies for the region. It concludes by noting the importance of the kinds of detailed, critical, theoretically informed and empirically rich research that Journal of Contemporary Asia has encouraged since its inception.

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