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Series Two: Economic Development in Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, 1950-1980

(Public Record Office files from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office,Treasury, Dominions Office, Board of Trade and Cabinet Committees)
Part 2: Files for 1955-1958

This microfilm project focuses on the dramatic growth achieved in Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan between the years 1950-1980. This collection of Public Record Office material includes Cabinet papers, Colonial, Dominions and Foreign Office files as well as Treasury documents.

This series will form a prime source for social, political and economic historians studying economic development in South and South East Asia.

Part 2 covers the years 1955-1958, a period that saw the Cold War crisis deepen and the aftermath of conflict in Korea. The consolidation of the communist regime continued in China, and this had repercussions for the economy of South East Asia.

There is material on the Colombo Plan, border disputes in Borneo, the establishment of a Central Bank in Malaya, Mutual Aid, oil licences, industrial development in Hong Kong, Malayan rubber, a new trade plan between Taiwan and Japan, and meetings of Commonwealth Prime Ministers.

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