Southeast Asia in the New International Era
Southeast Asia in the New International Era provides readers with up-to-date coverage on a vibrant region home to more than 600 million people, vast cultural diversity, and dynamic globalized markets. Sensitive to historical legacies, and with special attention to developments since the end of the Cold War, this book highlights the people, events, and institutions that shape the region. Employing a country-by-country format, the analysis engages in context-specific treatment of the region’s eleven countries: Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. Each chapter focuses on political and economic developments, key institutions, state-society relations, and foreign affairs.
In timely response to the December 2015 launch of the new ASEAN Community, or AEC, this seventh edition includes a brand new chapter on ASEAN and fifty years of evolving regional integration. Updated country chapters analyze recent events such as Thailand’s May 2014 military coup, the rebirth of democratic institutions in Myanmar, rising tensions in the South China Sea, the election of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in Indonesia, and the Rohingya refugee crisis. Southeast Asia in the New International Era makes sense of these and other developments in the region, leaving readers with a solid foundation for further study.
D. R. SarDesai (Editor)
Designed to stand on its own, or to accompany the seventh edition of D. R. SarDesai’s Southeast Asia: Past and Present, this updated reader includes classic and recent works on the history of Southeast Asia. SarDesai has selected literary and historical writings that address crucial controversies in the region of Southeast Asia. The readings are organized in four sections—Cultural Heritage, Colonial Interlude, Nationalist Response, and the Fruits of Freedom—and cover the entire range of Southeast Asian history from ancient to contemporary times. Geographically, the book includes Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The revised second edition retains the most popular readings from the first edition, while replacing some of the historical chapters, updating the contemporary and recent coverage, and adding new readings to pertinent subject areas. Southeast Asian History: Essential Readings provides valuable context and critical background to events of this region.
Southeast Asia: Past and Present offers a balanced and readable account of the region from ancient to modern times, covering traditional history as well as current events. D. R. SarDesai avoids overemphasizing the importance of the period of European colonial rule as he introduces us to the regions and peoples of Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Readers will find insightful introductions and chronologies at the beginning of each part to aid in understanding the global and political implications of the events discussed. The seventh edition is thoroughly updated to offer coverage of current events, including the historic 2012 elections in Myanmar. Combining thematic and chronological approaches with the study of colonialism, nationalism, historical and cultural heritage, and current events, Southeast Asia manages to convey an Asian point of view throughout.