Early Interactions between South and Southeast Asia: Reflections on Cross-Cultural Exchange

Early Interactions between South and Southeast Asia: Reflections on Cross-Cultural Exchange
Date of publication:  2011
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  514
Code:  PIC201
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789814345101
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"This volume will definitely contribute towards understanding the protohistory of Southeast Asia, as it succeeds in providing a space for dialogue among archaeologists, historians, and scholars of other related disciplines of both India and Southeast Asia. Anyone seriously interested in early history of the region, or for that matter, anyone interested in the root of contemporary cultural exchange in the era of globalization, should benefit from reading this volume, as well as its companion volume Nagapattinam to Suvarnadwipa"(The International Journal of Asian Studies).

"This is the final volume from a conference on early Indian influences in Southeast Asia. Pierre-Yves Manguin's Introduction reviews controversies surrounding the term "Indianisation" and discusses the discovery that trade links between India and Southeast Asia predate by several centuries what had hitherto been taken as the beginning of Indianisation. He discusses the flow of trade goods, then considers what Southeast Asia received from India and what it gave back. The book is admirably presented and richly illustrated" (Asian Studies Review).

About the publication

This book takes stock of the results of some two decades of intensive archaeological research carried out on both sides of the Bay of Bengal, in combination with renewed approaches to textual sources and to art history. To improve our understanding of the trans-cultural process commonly referred to as Indianisation, it brings together specialists of both India and Southeast Asia, in a fertile inter-disciplinary confrontation. Most of the essays reappraise the millennium-long historiographic no-man's land during which exchanges between the two shores of the Bay of Bengal led, among other processes, to the Indianisation of those parts of the region that straddled the main routes of exchange. Some essays follow up these processes into better known "classical" times or even into modern times, showing that the localisation process of Indian themes has long remained at work, allowing local societies to produce their own social space and express their own ethos.


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