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Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, c. 800-1830. Volume 1, Integration on the Mainland
In an ambitious effort to overcome the extreme fragmentation of early Southeast Asian historiography, this study connects Southeast Asia to world history. Victor Lieberman argues that over a thousand years, each of mainland Southeast Asia's great lowland corridors experienced a pattern of accelerating integration punctuated by recurrent collapse. These trajectories were sy ...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published May 26th 2003 by Cambridge University Press
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Lieberman begins with the development of more centralized society in Southeast Asia, then branches out to show similar patterns of development in several other Eurasian regions, including Russia, France, and briefly, China, Japan, India and Island SE Asia. The scope is breathtaking. This is a once in a generation achievement that is still being absorbed by the Asian studies community.
This book gets points for its ambition and its attempt to de-marginalize Southeast Asian history by bringing it back into discussion with larger historical trends. Lieberman places Southeast Asia withing the Eurasian context without falling into the traps of Euro-centric colonial historiography. However, the book is also repetitive and about four times as long as it needs to be. The 84 page introduction is worth reading, and essentially presents the entire argument of the book. The rest of it re ...more