Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. The First World War and the Treaty of Versailles: 2.1. Why was South-East Asia involved in the First World War?; 2.2. How did the war affect South-East Asia?; 2.3. What were the results of the Treaty of Versailles for South-East Asia?; 2.4. Why was there resentment around the Treaty of Versailles?; Chapter 3. Initial Japanese victories in South-East Asia, 1940–42: 3.1. Why did Japan become involved in the Second World War?; 3.2. Why was Japan so successful from 1940 to 1942?; 3.3. How did the victories affect Japan and South-East Asia?; Chapter 4. The nature and impact of Japanese occupation: 4.1 . How did Japan treat people in Korea, Taiwan, Manchuria and China?; 4.2. How did Japan treat people in Malaya, the Philippines, Burma, Indochina and Indonesia?; 4.3. How did Japan try to spread its culture in South-East Asia?; Chapter 5. The growth of nationalism and the role of independence movements: 5.1. What are the historical theories about the nature of nationalism?; 5.2. How did the colonial powers react to the defeat of Japan?; 5.3. How did nationalist groups contribute to independence in Indonesia?; 5.4. How did nationalist groups contribute to independence in Malaya?; 5.5 . How did nationalist groups contribute to independence in Vietnam?; 5.6. What difference did collaboration with or resistance to Japanese occupation make to the coming of independence?; Chapter 6. The emergence and influence of Sukarno, Ho Chi Minh and Tunku Abdul Rahman: 6.1. Why did Sukarno emerge as the leader in Indonesia?; 6.2. What was Sukarno's contribution to the coming of independence in Indonesia?; 6.3. Why did Ho Chi Minh emerge as the leader in Vietnam?; 6.4. What was Ho Chi Minh's contribution to the coming of independence in Vietnam?; 6.5. Why did Tunku Abdul Rahman emerge as the leader of Malaya?; 6.6. What was Tunku Abdul Rahman's contribution to the coming of independence in Malaya?; Chapter 7. Reasons for Indonesian independence, 1949: 7.1. How was Indonesian independence achieved in 1949?; 7.2. Why was Indonesian independence achieved in 1949?; Chapter 8. Cambodia: political, social and economic effects of the world wars: 8.1. What was the impact of the First World War on Cambodia?; 8.2. How did the Second World War affect Cambodia?; 8.3. Why was Cambodia able to become independent in 1953?; 8.4. What role did Prince Sihanouk play in the coming of independence?; Chapter 9. Exam practice; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements.