Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680: The lands below the winds
Between the fifteenth and the mid-seventeenth centuries, when the Renaissance and early capitalism were transforming Europe, changes no less dramatic were occurring in Southeast Asia. This diverse tropical region was integrated into a global trade system, while trade-based cities came to dominate its affairs. Its states became more centralized and absolutist, and its people adopted scriptural faiths of personal morality. The pace of these changes finds parallels only in our own era. Anthony Reid has analyzed and vividly portrayed this 'Southeast Asian Age of Commerce' in two volumes.
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It is a classic in the field, and all the two volumes have already been translated into Chinese version now.
Review: Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680: Volume One: The Lands below the WindsUser Review - Patrick - Goodreads
An academic review of Southeast Asian culture at the dawn of European exploration. The author devotes chapters to Physical Well-Being; Material Culture; Social Organization; and Festivals and ... Read full review
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Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680: Expansion and crisis
Limited preview - 1993