The study of the history of Southeast Asia is still growing, evolving, deepening and changing as an academic field. Over the past few decades historians have added nuance to traditional topics such as Islam and nationalism, and created new ones, such as gender, globalization and the politics of memory. Now available in paperback, The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History looks at the major themes that have developed in the study of modern Southeast Asian history since the mid-18th century.
Contributions by experts in the field are clustered under three major headings - Political History, Economic History, and Social and Cultural History – and chapters challenge the boundaries between topics and regions. Alongside the rise and fall of colonialism, topics include conflict in Southeast Asia, tropical ecology, capitalism and its discontents, the major religions of the region, gender, and ethnicity.
The Handbook provides a stimulating introduction to the most important themes within the subject area, and is an invaluable reference work for any student and researcher on Southeast Asia and Asian and World history.
Table of Contents
Introduction: in search of Southeast Asian history Norman G. Owen Part 1: Political History 2. Resources, Rituals, and Realms: the premodern polities John K. Whitmore 3. The Colonial Intrusion: boundaries and structures Remco Raben 4. Gradations of Colonialism in Southeast Asia’s "In-between" Places Thongchai Winichakul and Eric Tagliacozzo 5. Colonizing Minds and Bodies: schooling in colonial Southeast Asia Peter Zinoman 6. Nationalism and Other Impulses of the Colonial Era Norman G. Owen 7. Southeast Asia from the Japanese Occupation to Independence Paul H. Kratoska 8. Nationalism and Postcolonial Identity in Southeast Asia: defining communities Maitrii Aung-Thwin 9. The Cold War in Southeast Asia Sophie Quinn-Judge 10. War and Peace between Nations since 1945 Stein Tønnesson 11. Separatism, Civil War, and Genocide: conflicts within nations John Roosa 12. Authoritarianism and Democracy Eva-Lotta E. Hedman Part 2: Economic history 13. Population Growth and Environmental change: a two-track model Peter Boomgaard 14. Nature, Culture, and the Pre-modern Economy of Southeast Asia Jeyamalar Kathirithamby-Wells 15. Colonial Capitalism and Economic Transformation Ian Brown 16. Migrant Labor and Welfare in Southeast Asia Amarjit Kaur 17. Contemporary Capitalism and the Rise of the "Tigers." Anne Booth 18. Socialism and Underdevelopment in Southeast Asia Tuong Vu 19. Globalization and its Discontents in Southeast Asia Gerry van Klinken Part 3: Social and cultural history 20. Islam in Modern Southeast Asian History Muhamad Ali 21. Modern Buddhism Southeast Asia Anne Hansen 22. Christianity in Modern Southeast Asia Barbara Watson Andaya 23. Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian History Raquel A. G. Reyes 24. Finding Women in Southeast Asian history Jean Gelman Taylor 25. Ethnicity in Precolonial and Colonial Southeast Asia Leonard Y. Andaya 26. Ethnicity in Postcolonial Southeast Asia Sunil Amrith 27. Chinese Economic Predominance in Southeast Asia: a long-term perspective Kwee Hui Kian 28. Performance in Southeast Asian History. Tony Day and Sarah Weiss 29. Constructing Southeast Asian Pasts: a new retrospective Patricia Pelley
Norman G. Owen is an Honorary Professor of the University of Hong Kong. His previous publications include Prosperity without Progress: Manila Hemp and Material Life in the Colonial Philippines (1984) and The Bikol Blend (1999), and he edited The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia: A New History (2005).