Charting the Shape of Early Modern Southeast Asia

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About the Publication

In this volume Anthony Reid positions Southeast Asia on the stage of world history. He argues that the region not only had a historical character of its own, but that it played a crucial role in shaping the modern world.

Southeast Asia's interaction with the forces uniting and transforming the world is explored through chapters focusing on Islamization; Chinese, Siamese, Cham and Javanese trade; Makasar's modernizing momentum; and slavery. The last three chapters examine from different perspectives how this interaction of relative equality shifted to one of an impoverished "third world" region exposed to European colonial power.

Co-publication: ISEAS / Trasvin

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / Trasvin Publications L P (Silkworm Books):


Preliminary pages
1. Introduction: Early Modern Southeast Asia
2. The Islamization of Southeast Asia
3. Chams in the Southeast Asian Maritime System
4. The Rise and Fall of Sino-Javanese Shipping
5. Documenting the Rise and Fall of Ayudhya as a Regional Trade Centre
6. The Rise of Makasar
7. A Great Seventeenth Century Indonesian Family: Matoaya and Pattingalloang of Makasar
8. Early Southeast Asian Categorizations of Europeans
9. Slavery and Bondage in Southeast Asian History
11. Changing Perceptions of the "Hermit Kingdoms" of Asia
12. "Heaven's Will and Man's Fault": The Rise of the West as a Southeast Asian Dilemma
Abbreviations, Bibliography

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