Book Size: 5" x 7.75"

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566564397

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 2

Illustrations: b&w illustrations , maps

Release date: 09/15/14

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A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia

By & N.J. White

$ 14.95
"The various authors of The Traveller's Histories not only manage to condense the history and culture of a country into a portable paperback, they do it with wit and style." -A Common Reader * "...an excellent series of brief histories."-The New York Times * "Ideal before-you-go reading." -The Daily Telegraph

About this book

From the early Christian era in Europe, Southeast Asia was known as the "Land of Gold."å It is a region blessed with a rich diversity of cultures, peoples, and scenery. A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia is a lucid and concise introduction to the histories of the modern states of Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and East Timor, providing an essential guide for both tourists and the general reader. It spans the history of the region from "Java Man"å some one million years ago, to the development of the high-tech, skyscraper cities of the new millennium, all the way to the present time. Following chapters on the physical environment and the earliest human history of Southeast Asia, the authors carry the reader through the classical kingdoms that produced such architectural marvels as Borobudur in Java and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The book further explores Southeast Asia's growing trade with the outside world from 1500 culminating in colonization by the European imperial powers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The struggles for independence in the last century- which made the modern nations of the region- are discussed in detail, as are the dramatic and tragic events of the post-independence era such as the Vietnam War and the Cambodia genocide. The remarkable successes and failings of the region's recent economic development are highlighted in the final chapter. Above all, A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia shows how the region's soul has been preserved against tremendous external pressures.

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About the authors

J.M. Barwise has an M.A. in modern history from the University of Manchester and teaches at Liverpool Community College. Her research interests are in the international history of Southeast Asia. The authors have traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and make frequent visits to the region.

Nicholas J. White is a lecturer in economic and social history at Liverpool John Moores University. His doctorate was on the subject of decolonization in Malaysia. He is the author of Business, Government, and the End of Empire: Malaya 1942-1957 (Oxford University Press).

Reviews

"The various authors of The Traveller's Histories not only manage to condense the history and culture of a country into a portable paperback, they do it with wit and style." -A Common Reader * "...an excellent series of brief histories."-The New York Times * "Ideal before-you-go reading." -The Daily Telegraph * "A series which is already invaluable. Whether you're travelling or not." -The Guardian

About the Author

Nicholas J. White is a lecturer in economic and social history at Liverpool John Moores University. His doctorate was on the subject of decolonization in Malaysia. He is the author of Business, Government, and the End of Empire: Malaya 1942-1957 (Oxford University Press).

Additional information

Author

Barwise, J.M.

Author 2

White, N.J.

Edition

2

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

352

Type

PB

Illustrations

b&w illustrations , maps

Release date

09/15/14

Author Home

Southeast Asia

Format

5"å x 7 3/4"å

Reviews

"The various authors of The Traveller's Histories not only manage to condense the history and culture of a country into a portable paperback , they do it with wit and style." -A Common Reader * "…an excellent series of brief histories."-The New York Times * "Ideal before-you-go reading." -The Daily Telegraph * "A series which is already invaluable. Whether you're travelling or not." -The Guardian

MainReview

"The various authors of The Traveller's Histories not only manage to condense the history and culture of a country into a portable paperback, they do it with wit and style." -A Common Reader * "…an excellent series of brief histories."-The New York Times * "Ideal before-you-go reading." -The Daily Telegraph