Milton Osborne is one of the world's pre-eminent writers on Southeast Asia, and this lively and easy to read guide is a distillation of a lifetime's knowledge and experience on the region. Essential reading for travellers.
Southeast Asia is a tantalising part of the world. The region has undergone dramatic changes during its long and colourful history, and is marked by enormous cultural, geographical and political diversity.
From the grandeur of the 'classical' years through the transformations that accompanied the arrival and eventual dominance of the European powers, and from the bitter wars of revolution to the joys and problems of independence, Exploring Southeast Asia is a lively chronicle of the region's past. Extensively illustrated with photographs and diagrams, it also includes handy brief histories and maps of all Southeast Asian nations.
Exploring Southeast Asia is the ideal introduction to a world waiting and deserving to be better known.
'[Milton Osborne] writes books on the region which have two qualities rarely found in combination: impeccable and authoritative scholarship, and the vividness and lightness of touch of first-rate travel writing.' - Christopher Koch
Milton Osborne is one of the world's leading authorities on Southeast Asia, with some eight books to his credit including River Road to China: The search for the source of the Mekong, 1866-73; Sihanouk: Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness; and Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future. After teaching and working in Asia, America and the UK he now writes and speaks on Asian affairs.
Table Of Contents:
Introduction: Where the past meets the present
PART ONE: Southeast Asia up to the Second World War
1 Great cities and great empires in the 'Lands of Gold'
2 Courts, kings and peasants: the traditional world
3 Minorities and slaves: outsiders in traditional Southeast Asia
4 The challenge of the West: The European advance
5 Economic transformation
6 The Asian immigrants
7 The years of illusion: between the wars, 1918-41
8 The Second World War in Southeast Asia
PART TWO: Gaining independence: common goals, individual histories
9 Revolution and revolt
10 Other paths to independence
PART THREE: Independent Southeast Asia
11 Challenges of the post-colonial era
12 Contemporary Southeast Asia
13 Southeast Asia's living past
History at a glance
Time chart of modern Southeast Asian history
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