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"If one could only have one book on South-East Asian history, this incisive and accessible book will fill the gap admirably. It offer in a nutshell and interesting historical perspective of each country."--Dato Zaid Ibrahim, Member of Parliament for Kato Bharu, Malaysia

"A Short History of South-East Asia is one of my best references whenever I need to look for factual inf
Paperback, 225 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 12th 1997)
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Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book attempts to be middle ground between short travel-guide style synopses of Southeast Asian countries, and book-length histories of each country in the region. The book succeeds in that! The histories of the countries are definitely longer and more in-depth than you will find in a travel guide, and they are definitely shorter than a book-length treatment. From that perspective this book is successful, but there are a couple major knocks against it.

In shortening the history: 1) some secti
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Born as a Japanese, haven’t been experienced war and serious conflict except through internet and TV, working for world consumers, and living in Singapore, this 200 page book is quite concise yet very thorough to open my eyes about what is surrounding me. To understand the different ethnic/cultural/religious acceptance in each ASEAN country, the political stance today, this book is excellent source explaining different historical background of each ASEAN country in their history. This should be ...more
Doreen Petersen
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Very interesting and informative book. It was okay but not great. Guess I expected more. I probably wouldn't recommend this one. ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This isn't really a book one reads but rather a book one reads relevant chapters in as the need arises, and for that it is perfect. This is my 'go-to' book when I need a quick and concise country overview to either get me started on a new research project, or remind me of key historic chains of events. It focuses on political and economic history as do the short 'curated' recommended reading lists at the back, broken down once again by country. There is a small Index but most readers will want t ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: semester-2
I picked up this book because I wanted to reread about my country, the Philippines. Indeed, it was a short book. But I would say it was short enough to give some historical information if you're intrigued about the history of south-east Asia. I'll be honest, when it comes to writing essays and DBQ's about history, I'm not really good at it. But I've always been so fascinated with the past. How each event led to what we have today. Though, again, it may be short. But this book shows a glimpse of ...more
Shahriar Kabir
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book to know South- East Asia. Approach is quite neutral while describing critical matters happened in this region.
Jeroen Van de Crommenacker
Gives a reasonable overview of the individual countries, but a bit too dry for my taste.
Jap Hengky
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-the-shelf
Anyone who might want to learn more about ASEAN might find this good reading.
Chris Roy
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Probably would have given it a 3.5 if I could... a little slow a points and a page turner at others, but it's a good introduction for someone new to studying the region and its history. Gives an in-depth analysis country-by-country of how historical events and figures shaped the economies, politics, and cultural norms of each member nation of ASEAN from ancient times to 2005. ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too short. But a great introduction to the region .
Jul 30, 2015 added it
Brief overviews on the histories of all the nations in South East Asia. Lots of information, dense and dry, but edifying and worth the read for some basic grounding in the region.
Wens Tan
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An accessible and intelligent overview of South-East Asia, with a chapter on each of the SEA nations. The book is only 200 pages long, and is in its 4th edition as of 2006.
Henrique Cruz
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A simple and short yet interesting overview of the history of the ASEAN countries. Definitely recommend for any curious mind eager to know more about south east asia.
Johnny Ly
Dec 27, 2012 is currently reading it
Good book!
Yunia Damayanti
must read for IR student who took Southeast Asian subject.
C. Adam Volle
Just read the Wikipedia entry for each country mentioned in this book.
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