Articles by Geoffrey Gunn

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Now emeritus from Nagasaki University, I continue to live in the port city. Mostly my research and publications deal with Southeast Asia as with, Rice Wars in Colonial Vietnam: The Great Famine and the Viet Minh Road to Power (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). I have also authored books on Laos and Cambodia and with research ongoing in archives in Phnom Penh. Looking beyond strictly national and area studies, in 2010 I published History Without Borders: The Making of an Asian World Region, 1000-1800 (University of Hong Kong Press). My most recent publication is Wartime Macau: Under the Japanese Shadow (University of Hong Kong Press, 2016). I am also tracking over earlier research on “Nagasaki and the Asian Bullion Trade Networks.”


For the last couple of years I have also served as a co-editor of Journal of Contemporary Asia.


Information on my other research themes and interests can be read off my website on


Coercion and Co-optation of Indochinese Worker-Soldiers in World War I: Mort pour la France
The Passing of Sihanouk: Monarchic Manipulation and the Search for Autonomy in the Kingdom of Cambodia
War Claims and Compensation: Franco-Vietnamese Contention over Japanese War Reparations and the Vietnam War−−
The Great Vietnamese Famine of 1944-45 Revisited1944−45
The Re-emergence of Chinese in Jakarta
In the Tropical Forests of Sumatra: Notes from Climate Change 'Ground Zero'−−
Nuclear Power, Risk Management and Democratic Accountability in Indonesia: Volcanic, regulatory and financial risk in the Muria peninsula nuclear power proposal
Singapore: The Past in the Present
Origins of the American War in Vietnam: The OSS Role in Saigon in 1945
Chinese Dams and the Great Mekong Floods of 2008
Closed Book or Open Book on Indonesia and Timor-Leste? The Commission of Truth and Friendship Report on 1999 HR Violations
The United Nations, the Peacebuilding Commission and the Future of East Timor
'Trophy Capitalism,' Jefrinomics, and Dynastic Travail in Brunei
Southeast Asia's Looming Nuclear Power Industry
Suharto Beyond the Grave: Indonesia and the World Appraise the Legacy
Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Crimes against Humanity: Japanese Diplomacy, East Timor and the "Truth Commission"
Japan-Indonesia Relations: New Opportunities, New tensions
Angkor and Beyond: the Asian tourism phenomenon