Southeast Asia: An Introductory History

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Allen & Unwin, 2004 - 349 pagine
This classic work has been the most widely read introduction to the region for more than 20 years and still retains its reputation as a highly readable survey of Southeast Asia's modern history. This newly revised edition is up to date with the constant political and geographical changes in this fluid region of the world. The impact of social change and the pivotal roles played by religion, ethnic minorities, and immigrant groups is illuminated. Clearly written and extensively illustrated with maps, prints, and photographs, the book also includes an introduction to the art of the region and a guide to literature about Southeast Asia.

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What is Southeast Asia?
The Classical Background to Modern Southeast Asian History
Courts Kings and Peasants Southeast Asia Before the European Impact
Minorities and Slaves The Outsiders in Traditional Southeast Asia
The European Advance and Challenge
Economic Transformation
The Asian Immigrants in Southeast Asia
The Years of Illusion Southeast Asia Between the Wars 19181941
Other Paths to Independence
An End to Postcolonial Settlements and Beyond I Indonesia Vietnam Cambodia and Laos
An End to Postcolonial Settlements and Beyond II Burma Malaya Singapore the Philippines and the Thai Exception
The Challenges of Independence in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asias Modern History An Overview of the Present and the Recent Past
Discovering Southeast Asia through Art and Literature
Suggested Readings

The Second World War in Southeast Asia
Revolution and Revolt Indonesia Vietnam Malaya and the Philippines

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Pagina 221 - The Conference recognizes that the essential purpose of the agreement relating to Viet-Nam is to settle military questions with a view to ending hostilities and that the military demarcation line is provisional and should not in any way be interpreted as constituting a political or territorial boundary.
Pagina 94 - Iran of the last decades of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century, when women were assigned the role of producing the new citizens of the nation (Najmabadi I998b).
Pagina 32 - With Chinese recognition given to it, Srivijaya's own capacities brought it to the forefront of Southeast Asian maritime power. Much of what is written about Srivijaya can only be supposition, but it is supposition based on evidence that leaves little doubt as to how this maritime state developed. Strategically placed on the Malacca Straits, Srivijaya came to exert control over all significant trade on the seas in the western section of the Indonesian Archipelago, and between that region of the Archipelago...
Pagina 30 - ... greatness. The Thais were the people who brought Angkor down and their history from that time onwards was marked by a slow but sure progress towards the achievement of control over the territories that comprise modern Thailand. The state of Vietnam, which had gained independence from China in 939 AD, did not contribute directly to Angkor's fall. Nevertheless, in the longer-term historical perspective we can see that the collapse of Cambodian power was vital for Vietnam's subsequent expansion...
Pagina 304 - Any who care to know by what insignificant means the outposts of the British Empire are advanced, and guarded, and strengthened ; how enemies are persuaded to be friends, and pathless jungles are opened to every form of enterprise...
Pagina 44 - ... the qualifications for each grade. And as a further reflection of the character of the state the Vietnamese believed in the necessity of clearly defined borders with their neighbours. In this, as in so many other ways, Vietnam differed from the other major mainland states of Southeast Asia. For them, the important external cultural influence came from India rather than China. For all of its pervasive importance, however, Indian cultural influence in Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and in the riverine...
Pagina 54 - ... Influence in the Philippines The Philippines came into historical focus remarkably late by comparison with other parts of Southeast Asia. We know that trading junks from China and Japan visited the Philippines for centuries before the Spanish established themselves in the northern Philippines during the latter part of the sixteenth century. The records of these voyages tell us frustratingly little about the nature of society in the Philippines and as a result our knowledge of life in the Philippines...
Pagina 46 - ... situation in which for more than a hundred years during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries their emperor was no more than a figurehead, a puppet at the beck and call of one of the great families. However limited a king's power was away from the capital in which he had his palace, and however, such senior officials might have tried to take advantage of a child succeeding to the throne, the idea of a state existing more as a reflection of its officials than of its ruler was not part of the...

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Milton Osborne is the author of many books on history and politics in Southeast Asia including Exploring Southeast Asia, The Mekong, River Road to China, and Sihanouk. He presents seminars and lectures to academic and professional bodies throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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