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The Limits of Empire

The Limits of Empire
Author: Robert J. McMahon
ISBN 13: 9780231108812
ISBN 10: 231108818
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 1999-02-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $33.00

The most complete picture to date of how U.S. strategies of containment and empire-building spiraled out of control in Southeast Asia, investigating also how the demoralizing experience of Vietnam radically undermined U.S. enthusiasm for the region in a strategic sense.

Belinda A. Aquino

I find this one of the most well-written and ably researched references on contemporary Southeast Asian affairs, particularly since World War II....I would recommend this as [sic] major textbook for any course dealing with the post-colonial period in Southeast Asia. It is extremely difficult to write a book like this, but Robert McMahon has convincingly captured the essence of that era....The author correctly characterises the Vietnam conflict as an 'unwinnable war' on the part of the Americans in spite of their superior firepower....The post-1975 analysis of the 'new regional order' is also most instructive as it describes the shift from failed policies of strategic containment and military deployment, to concerns of economic security, peace and human rights....the book is a significant and solid contribution to the literature on the United States and Southeast Asia.