This book presents extensive new research findings on and new thinking about Southeast Asia in this interesting, richly diverse, but much understudied period. It examines the wide and well-developed trading networks, explores the different kinds of regimes and the nature of power and security, considers urban growth, international relations and the beginnings of European involvement with the region, and discusses religious factors, in particular the spread and impact of Christianity. One key theme of the book is the consideration of how well-developed Southeast Asia was before the onset of European involvement, and, how, during the peak of the commercial boom in the 1500s and 1600s, many polities in Southeast Asia were not far behind Europe in terms of socio-economic progress and attainments.
"Editors Gin and Tuân bring together a somewhat eclectic collection of 14 essays on early modern Southeast Asian history. The range of contributors is laudable, with chapters included from younger scholars based in Southeast Asia, such as Nordin Hussin, as well as from such noted historians as Barbara Watson Andaya, Leonard Andaya, and Nicholas Tarling. (…) The book’s contributors do indeed shed more light on particular aspects of early modern history in the region, which continues to be understudied and to some extent still unknown. Useful for research libraries with collections on Southeast Asian history." -- S. Maxim, University of California, Berkeley, for CHOICE
Introduction Part 1: Diplomatic and Inter-State Relations 1. Status and Security in Early Southeast Asian State Systems Nicholas TARLING 2. Alexandrowicz Re-visited: Strange Legal Parallels in the Indian Ocean and Western European World Systems, 1500-1800 Eric WILSON 3. The Phrakhlang Ministry of Ayutthaya: Siamese Instrument to Cope with the Early Modern World Bhawan RUANGSILP Part 2: Interactions and Transactions 4. Applying the Seas Perspective in the Study of Eastern Indonesia in the Early Modern Period Leonard Y. ANDAYA 5. Borneo in the Early Modern Period ca. Late Fourteenth to ca. Late Seventeenth Centuries OOI Keat Gin 6. Another Past: Early Modern Vietnamese Silk Production and Export in Global Perspective HOANG Anh Tuan 7. Vân Đồn: The Making of an International Trading Port in Pre-Modern Vietnam NGUYEN Van Kim 8. Batu Sawar, Johor: A Centre of Regional Trade in the Early Seventeenth Century Peter BORSCHBERG 9. Urban Growth and Municipal Development of Early Penang NORDIN Hussin Part 3: Kingship and State Systems 10. Revisiting "Kingship" in Early Modern Southeast Asia: Men of Prowess and Women of Piety in Seventeenth Century Aceh Sher Banu A. L. KHAN 11. Catching and Selling Siamese Elephants in the Seventeenth Century: A Preliminary Study DHIRAVAT na Pomberja 12. Cham-Viet Relationship in Binh Thuan under Nguyen Rule from the Late Seventeenth Century to Mid-eighteenth Century Danny WONG Part 4: Indigenizing Christianity and Islam 13. The Glocalization of Christianity in Early Modern Southeast Asia Barbara Watson ANDAYA 14. The Passing of Rice Spirits: Cosmology, Technology, and Gender Relations in Colonial Philippines Filomeno AGUILAR