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The Malayan Emergency: A Small, Distant War

Studies history of a guerrilla war fought in pre- and post-independence Federation of Malaya, from 1948 until 1960, between the Commonwealth armed forces and the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA) -the military arm of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP). Highlights conflicts over rubber plantations and tin mining industry as to protect interest of the post-war bankrupt Britain. Narrates lives and struggles of people in colonial Malaya, the effect of counter-insurgency measures, British military violence due to the Victorian Imperial Policy, roles of a new British High Commission to handle the emergency, and government resettlement of new villages to separate villagers from insurgents. Describes a fail revolution of peasants, a British girl ex-guerrilla, memoir of a victim who had an insurgent-cousin killed in a police ambush, socialism, Malay and Chinese left, jungle camps and operations of the insurgents.