Exploring Southeast Asia: A traveller's history of the region

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Allen & Unwin, 2002 - 272 pagine
Southeast Asia is a tantalising part of the world. The region has undergone dramatic changes during its long and colourful history, and is marked by enormous cultural, geographical and political diversity.

From the grandeur of the 'classical' years through the transformations that accompanied the arrival and eventual dominance of the European powers, and from the bitter wars of revolution to the joys and problems of independence, Exploring Southeast Asia is a lively chronicle of the region's past. Extensively illustrated with photographs and diagrams, it also includes handy brief histories and maps of all Southeast Asian nations.

Exploring Southeast Asia is the ideal introduction to a world waiting and deserving to be better known.

'[Milton Osborne] writes books on the region which have two qualities rarely found in combination: impeccable and authoritative scholarship, and the vividness and lightness of touch of first-rate travel writing.' - Christopher Koch

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PART I Southeast Asia up to the Second World War
Common goals individual histories
PART III Independent Southeast Asia
History at a glance
Time chart of modern Southeast Asian history
Further reading
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Pagina 99 - Take up the White Man's burden — Send forth the best ye breed — Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait in heavy harness On fluttered folk and wild — Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half devil and half child. Take up the White Man's Burden...
Pagina 95 - Iran of the last decades of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century, when women were assigned the role of producing the new citizens of the nation (Najmabadi I998b).
Pagina 85 - He observes, it is true, the old maxim of rising at an early hour in the morning, not however for the sake of enjoying the cool breeze, and of taking moderate exercise, but rather to begin the day's career of eating and drinking. His first essay is usually a sapie, or glass of cm.
Pagina 89 - They are ricedealers, ship-chandlers, shop-keepers, general dealers, spirit shop keepers, servants, timber-dealers, tobacconists, vegetable sellers, planters, market-gardeners, labourers, bakers, millers, barbers, blacksmiths, boatmen, book-binders, boot and shoe-makers, brick-makers, carpenters, cabinet makers, carriage builders, cartwrights, cart and hackney carriage drivers, charcoal burners and sellers, coffinmakers, confectioners, contractors and builders, coopers, engine-drivers, and (7) Ireland,...
Pagina 35 - ... on elephants, were preceded by bearers of scarlet parasols, without number. Close behind came the royal wives and concubines, in palanquins and chariots, or mounted on horses or elephants, to whom were assigned at least a hundred parasols mottled with gold. Finally the Sovereign appeared, standing erect on an elephant and holding in his hand the sacred sword.
Pagina 86 - Currie and rice is a standing dish at all meals, and at all seasons of the year, being considered as an excellent stimulus to the stomach. The business of the day occupies little more than a couple of hours, from ten to twelve, when he again sits down to dinner, a meal that is somewhat more solid than the breakfast. From table...
Pagina 62 - As you must weigh and choose between your love and filial duty, which will tum the scale? She put aside all vows of love and troth a child first pays the debts of birth and care.
Pagina 39 - ... the forefront of Southeast Asian maritime power. Much of what is written about Srivijaya can only be supposition, but it is supposition based on evidence that leaves little doubt as to how this maritime state developed. Strategically placed on the Malacca Straits, Srivijaya came to exert control over all significant trade on the seas in the western section of the Indonesian Archipelago, and between that region of the Archipelago and southern China. Although it does seem correct to think in terms...

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Milton Osborne is one of the world's leading authorities on Southeast Asia, with some eight books to his credit including River Road to China: The search for the source of the Mekong, 1866-73; Sihanouk: Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness; and Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future. After teaching and working in Asia, America and the UK he now writes and speaks on Asian affairs.

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