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The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia

The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia

Volume 1. From Early Times to c.1800

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J. D. Legge, Peter Bellwood, Keith Taylor, Kenneth R. Hall, J. G. de Casparis, I. W. Mabbett, Leonard Y. Andaya, Barbara W. Andaya, Anthony Reid, Yoneo Ishii, J. Kathirithamby-Wells
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  • Date Published: February 1993
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2004
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521355056

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  • Southeast Asia has long been seen as a unity, although other terms have been used to describe it: Further India, Little China, the Nanyang. The region has had a protracted maritime history. Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity are all represented. It has seen a quintet of colonial powers - Britain, France, the Netherlands, Spain, the United States. Most recently, it has become one of the fastest growing parts of the world economy. The very term 'Southeast Asia' is clearly more than a geographical expression. The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia is a multi-authored treatment of the whole of mainland and island Southeast Asia from Burma to Indonesia. Unlike other histories of the region, it is not divided on a country-by-country basis and is not structured purely chronologically, but rather takes a thematic and regional approach to Southeast Asia's history. This volume, the first of two, covers the period from the region's pre-history up to the early nineteeenth century of the Christian era, tracing the development of early politics, the integration of religion with social and cultural life, the great changes caused by the advent of the Europeans in the region and the increasing incorporation of Southeast Asian trade into international markets. Under the editorship of Nicholas Tarling, Professor of History at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, each chapter is well integrated into the whole. Professor Tarling has assembled a highly respected team of international scholars who have presented the latest historical research on the region and succeeded in producing a provocative and exciting account of the region's history.

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    '… invaluable for historians wanting a broad picture of the region … should also be of more general interest.' Danny Yee's Book Reviews

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    • Date Published: February 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521355056
    • length: 672 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 162 x 50 mm
    • weight: 1.28kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2004
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps and tables
    List of contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Note on orthography
    1. The historiography of Southeast Asia J. D. Legge
    Part I. From Prehistory to c. 1500:
    2. Southeast Asia before history Peter Bellwood
    3. The early kingdoms Keith Taylor
    4. Economic history of early Southeast Asia Kenneth R. Hall
    5. Religion and popular beliefs of Southeast Asia before c. 1500 J. G. de Casparis and I. W. Mabbett
    Part II. From c. 1500 to c. 1800:
    6. Interactions with the outside world and adaptation in Southeastern Asian Society 1500–1800 Leonard Y. Andaya
    7. The political development of Southeast Asia between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries Barbara W. Andaya
    8. Economic and social change c. 1400–1800 Anthony Reid
    9. Religious developments in Southeast Asia c. 1500–1800 Barbara Andaya and Yoneo Ishii
    10. The age of transition: the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth centuries J. Kathirithamby-Wells
    Bibliographic essays

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    Nicholas Tarling, University of Auckland


    J. D. Legge, Peter Bellwood, Keith Taylor, Kenneth R. Hall, J. G. de Casparis, I. W. Mabbett, Leonard Y. Andaya, Barbara W. Andaya, Anthony Reid, Yoneo Ishii, J. Kathirithamby-Wells

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