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The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia: A New History

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The modern states of Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, and East Timor were once a tapestry of kingdoms, colonies, and smaller polities linked by sporadic trade and occasional war. By the end of the nineteenth century, however, the United States and several European powers had come to control almost the enti ...more
Paperback, 541 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by University of Hawaii Press (first published December 1st 2004)
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Michelle
Feb 27, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
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This is a well-written and highly interesting account of SE Asia from the 1700's to the present day, providing a good look at colonization, de-colonization, the effects of communism, the creation of the modern borders and nation names as well as the building of national identities, and the many experiments with self-government. The sections that deal with separate countries are much more interesting than the overview chapters that deal with overarching changes. Also, if I was to read this again, ...more
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It took me a bit longer to read this than I wanted it to, but it is a pretty big text book after all. It was slow, but also very interesting, and definitely helped with my education on Indonesia and the region.
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