Beyond Political Skin

Colonial to National Economies in Indonesia and Vietnam (1910s-1960s)

  • Phạm Văn Thuỷ

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Van Thuy Pham
    Pages 119-157
  3. Van Thuy Pham
    Pages 159-207
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 209-247

About this book


This book explains the dynamics behind the economic transformation from colonial era to post-independence period in Indonesia and Vietnam. It analyses the different policies of Vietnamese and Indonesian governments towards the economic legacies of colonialism remaining in the countries after independence. It also demonstrates that despite critical differences between the two nation-states, Vietnamese and Indonesian leadership were pursuing similar long-term goals, which is to obtain a truly independent national economy. The book discusses the way in which the Indonesian government attained complete economic control which resembled the socialist transformation of North Vietnam in the 1950s and the various means by which the government of South Vietnam concentrated economic power in its hands during the late 1950s and early 1960s. It also explores how the Indonesian government was determined to get rid of the economic legacy of Dutch colonialism by placing the entire economy under the strong state control and ownership, in accordance with the spirit of Guided Democracy and Guided Economy in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. This book is a point of reference for students, researchers and academics interested in a comparative analysis of the economic systems implemented by the colonial and fascist powers in Indonesia and Vietnam.


Colonial to national economies in Indonesia and Vietnam Southeast Asian history Indonesian history Vietnamese history Economic decolonization in Southeast Asia Economic nationalism in Southeast Asia Indonesia and Vietnam Vietnamese nationalism and socialism Ideological basis of guided economy Western colonialism Plural society in Southeast Asia Foreign trade in Southeast Asia Domestic development Pre-war economic conditions in Southeast Asia The Indonesian struggle for survival The democratic experiment in Indonesia

Authors and affiliations

  • Phạm Văn Thuỷ
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Social Sciences & HumanitiesVietnam National University, HanoiHanoiVietnam

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3710-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3711-6
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