Revisiting decolonization processes in Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia was a pioneer in the global process of decolonization, the proclamation of independence of Indonesia in August 1945 being the first of a sweeping process that nevertheless took long before the independence of Timor-Leste set a final (?) mark to it. In the half century that it lasted, various cases tested the relationships between Decolonization, Re- colonization and Cold War. Time is now ripe to project new light both on the process as a whole and in significant case studies framed in a comparative context. The proposed panel will be open to scholars of every SEAsia country/sub-region who can contribute to reframe our understanding of the complexities of what is perhaps the most significant series of
events after World War II.