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Southeast Asia: An Introductory History

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Milton Osborne

Paperback, 13th Edition



A lively and easy-to-read guide to Southeast Asian history written by one of the world's pre-eminent historians of the area.


The first edition of Southeast Asia: An introductory history was published in 1979 and immediately filled a need for travellers and students interested in a tantalisingly different part of the world. Subsequent editions (translated into Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Chinese and Thai) have continued to document with great perception the enormous changes and dramatic growth experienced in the region.


Dr Milton Osborne has been a resident, student and fascinated observer of Southeast Asia for many years. This familiarity has resulted in a highly readable and lively chronicle. While giving due regard to the early history of the region, Osborne concentrates on the changes that have taken place since the 18th century: the impact of colonial rule, the economic transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries, the emergence and triumph of the independence movements, the impact of social change and the pivotal roles played by religion, ethnic minorities and immigrant groups. He also provides an introduction to the art of the region and a comprehensive guide to literature about Southeast Asia.


Clearly written and extensively illustrated Southeast Asia: An introductory history remains a classic in the field.




1. What is Southeast Asia?

2. The 'classical' background to modern Southeast Asian history

3. Courts, kings and peasants: Southeast Asia before the European impact

4. Minorities and slaves: the outsiders in Traditional Southeast Asia

5. The European advance and challenge

6. Economic transformation

7. The Asian immigrants in Southeast Asia

8. The years of illusion: Southeast Asia between the wars, 1918-41

9. The Second World War in Southeast Asia

10. Revolution and revolt: Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaya and the Philippines

11. Other paths to independence

12. An end to post-colonial settlements and beyond I: Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

13. An end to post to post-colonial settlements and beyond II: Burma (Myanmar), Malaya, Singapore, the Philippines and the Thai exception

14. The challenges of independence in Southeast Asia

15. An overview of the present and recent past

Appendix: Discovering Southeast Asia through art and literature