A new, comprehensive, one volume history of Southeast Asia that spans prehistory to the present. Ricklefs brings together colleagues at the National University of Singapore whose expertise covers the entire region,...Show More
A new, comprehensive, one volume history of Southeast Asia that spans prehistory to the present. Ricklefs brings together colleagues at the National University of Singapore whose expertise covers the entire region, encompassing political, social, economic, religious and cultural history.
Opening with an account of the ethnic groups and initial cultural and social structures of Southeast Asia, the book moves through the early 'classical' states, the arrival of new global religions and the impact of non-indigenous actors. The history of early modern states and their colonial successors is followed by analysis of World War II across the region, Offering a definitive account of decolonisation and early post-colonial nation-building, the text then transports us to modern-day Southeast Asia, exploring its place in a world recovering from the financial crisis.
The distinguished author team provide an authoritative and accessible narrative, drawing upon the latest research and offering detailed guidance on further reading. A landmark contribution to the field, this is an essential text for scholars, students and anyone interested in Southeast Asia.
The expertise of the author team from National University of Singapore, brought together by leading scholar Professor Ricklefs, makes this an extremely authoritative history of the region
Draws on the latest scholarship and provides advice on further reading, supported by a bibliography of over 650 items
Comprehensive in coverage, tackling all of Southeast Asia from prehistory to the present and discussing politics, economics, religions, cultures and societies
Preface by M. C. Ricklefs
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Ethnic Groups, Early Cultures and Social Structures
Early State Formation
'Classical' States at their Height
New Global Religions and Ideas, from the Thirteenth Century
The Rise of New States from the Fourteenth Century
Non-indigenous Actors New and Old
Early Modern Southeast Asian States
Colonial Communities c.1800-1900
Reform, New Ideas and the 1930s Crisis (c.1900-1942)
World War II in Southeast Asia (1942-1945)
Regaining Independence in the Decades After 1945
Building Nations to c.1990
Boom and Bust in Southeast Asia c.1990-2008
Southeast Asia Today
Index and Glossary.