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WATCH: Southeast Asia and World War I

In this video, Trevor Getz interviews Heather Streets-Salter about how the First World War affected Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia was a complicated place in 1914. British, French, American, Dutch and Japanese empires claimed control of much of the region. The region was home to many Chinese people and Muslims, who had broad transnational interests. The centerpiece of this video is Singapore, where one captured German submarine crew helped spark an uprising against the British colonial government. The uprising had many transnational connections to India, Europe, and San Francisco.

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