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Women Warriors in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Vina A. Lanzona, Frederik Rettig


366 pages

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Hardback: 9781138829350
pub: 2019-10-24
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This book brings together a wide range of case studies to assess the experiences and significance of women warriors in Southeast Asian history from ancient to contemporary times.

Using a number of different sources, including royal chronicles, diaries, memoirs and interviews, the book discusses why women warriors were active in a domain traditionally preserved for men, and how they arguably transgressed peacetime gender boundaries as agents of violence. From multidisciplinary perspectives, the chapters asses what drove women to take on a variety of roles, namely palace guards, guerrillas and war leaders, and to what extent their experiences were different to those of men. The reader is taken on an almost 1,500-year long journey through a crossroads region well-known for the diversity of its peoples and cultures, but also their ability to creatively graft foreign ideas onto existing ones. The book explores the re-integration of women into post-conflict Cambodian and East Timorese societies, including the impact (or lack thereof) of newly established international norms, and frequent turn towards pre-conflict gender roles in post-conflict societies.

Written by an international team of scholars, this book will be of interest to academics working on Southeast Asian Studies, Gender Studies, low intensity conflict, asymmetric conflicts, and War and Conflict Studies.

Table of Contents

PART 1 Introduction and Background 1 Women Warriors, Palace Guards, and Revolutionaries in Southeast Asian History, Vina A. Lanzona; PART II Women Warriors in Ancient and Early Modern Southeast Asia 2 ‘Lady Sinn’ (Xian Fu-ren 洗夫人) and the 6th Century Chinese Incorporation of a Southeast Asian Region, Geoff Wade; 3 Querulous Queens, Bellicose Brai: Cambodian Perspectives toward Female Agency, Trude Jacobsen; 4 The Regio Femarum and its Warrior Women: Images and Encounters in European Sources, Christina Skott; 5 Javanese Geisha warriors? The incomparable prajurit estri at the Court of Mangkunĕgara I, Ann Kumar; PART 3 Southeast Asian Women Warriors and Revolutionaries in the Modern Period 6 Heroines and Forgotten Fighters: Insights into Women Combatants’ History in Aceh, 1873-2005, Elsa Clavé; 7 Women in the Early Vietnamese Communist Movement: Sex, Lies, and Liberation, Sophie Quinn-Judge; 8 Recruiting the All-Female Rani of Jhansi Regiment: Subhas Chandra Bose and Dr Lakshmi Swaminadhan, Frederik Rettig; 9 Women Guerrillas of the Communist Party of Malaya: Nationalist Struggle with an Internationalist Experience, Agnes Khoo; 10 Love and Sex in Times of War and Revolution: Women Warriors in Vietnam and the Philippines, Vina A. Lanzona; PART 4 The United Nations, Security Sector Reform (SSR), and the Gendering of Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration (DDR) 11 The Aftermath for Women Warriors: Cambodia and East Timor, Susan Blackburn; 12 Brave Warriors, Unfinished Revolutions: Political Subjectivities of Women Ex-Falintil and Falintil-FDTL Combatants in East Timor, Jacqueline Siapno; PART 5 Conclusion 13 Rethinking the Historical Place of ‘Warrior Women’ in Southeast Asia, Barbara Watson Andaya

About the Editors

Vina Lanzona is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, USA.

Frederik Rettig is Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Singapore Management University, Singapore. He is also the co-editor of "Colonial Armies in Southeast Asia" (Routledge, 2005).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies