East View Archive Editions

East and Southeast Asia Collection

East View Archive EditionsTM (formerly known as Cambridge Archive Editions) is the first-ever digital presentation of the exceptionally well-known and respected series of British archival reprints formerly published by Cambridge University Press.

The East and Southeast Asia Collection covers the geographic areas of Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and, under the title Straits Settlements, Penang, Singapore, Malacca and Labuan. These titles deliver insight with historic political and economic reports and a sound basis for research of East and South-East Asia.

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COMING SOON! South China Sea Island Disputes: 1877-1988

South China Sea Island Disputes is an assembly of select texts, maps, and official documents from various national archives that present a primary record of multiple international territorial disputes surrounding the South China Sea and its various islands in the period 1877 to 1988.

Ownership of the three island groups at issue—including the Spratly Islands in the central sea, the Paracel Islands in the northwest, and Scarborough Reef to the northeast—has formed the basis of one of the longest and most complex territorial quarrels in the world, with numerous neighboring countries and European colonial powers laying claim to the region. Although the majority of these islands are not true islands, and in some cases comprise little more than submerged reefs and shoals, they have played host to real violence and bloodshed in the pursuit of maritime hegemony.

This collection consists of archival materials from the earliest days of colonial exploitation and European flag-hoisting in the late 19th century, to armed clashes between the militaries of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the People’s Republic of China at the close of the 20th century. The documents presented in the present collection mirror these tensions, the historical and legal context of which is critical to researching the positions of all parties.

Vietnam Under French Rule 1919–1946: The Nationalist Challenge and the Japanese Threat (4 vols.)

This 4 volume set contains 3500 pages of political reports, diplomatic despatches, and memoranda selected from British Government records illustrating the pursuit of nationhood by the regions which make up Vietnam today. Tonkin, Annam, and Cochinchina from which Vietnam was constituted, governed by the French as part of French Indochina since 1887, were territories over which Britain had never held sway; yet at various stages throughout the turbulent twentieth century, events conspired in surprising ways to provide the British government with a significant role in shaping and determining their future for many years to come.

The documents in this set have been selected from across all major departments of the British government – the Foreign, Colonial, Dominions and War Offices, the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as the Cabinet Office, and occasionally from other departments. First in a new series: the years 1919–1946 follow the struggle for freedom from French Colonial rule and the occupation by the Japanese during the Second World War. (download flyer)

East and Southeast Asia

East and Southeast Asia Collection Title List

  • China Political Reports 1911–1960 (11 vols.)
  • China Political Reports 1961–1970 (3 vols.)
  • Hong Kong: Annual Administration Reports 1841–1941 (6 vols.)
  • Japan: Political and Economic Reports 1906–1970 (14 vols.)
  • Korea: Political and Economic Reports 1882–1970 (14 vols.)
  • Shanghai: Political and Economic Reports 1842–1943 (18 vols.)
  • Straits Settlements: Annual Reports 1855–1941 (12 vols.)
  • Taiwan Political and Economic Reports 1861–1960 (10 vols.)

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