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The movement and interaction of cultures, religions, and peoples is a key theme in Southeast Asia's It has seen the rise and fall of empires, whose god-kings built monumental temples and shrines that still inspire awe today: the great Khmer temples of Angkor, the Javanese Buddhist shrine of Borobudur, or the pagodas of Burma. The region has also been home to great seafaring states such as Srivijaya in Sumatra or the Sultanate of Malacca on the Malayan Peninsula.

The promise of spices and luxury goods enticed Europeans to this part of the world in the sixteenth century. Early trading posts eventually became colonial empires, and by the beginning of the twentieth century the region was divided between the Netherlands, France, Spain, Britain, and the United States.

The Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia during World War II galvanized nationalist movements, but while much of the region achieved independence in the postwar years, Indochina, a major theater of the Cold War, experienced massive devastation from which it is still recovering. Mary Somers Heidhues, the author of several books on Southeast Asia, covers the history of the region from the earliest prehistoric peoples to the late twentieth century--from the great Dongson bronze drums produced in Vietnam in the first millennium B.


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Filled with informative maps and illustrations, this lively book will appeal to historians, travelers, students, and everyone who wants to know more about this fascinating part of the world. Noticeably used book. Heavy wear to cover. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included.

May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Possible ex library copy, thatll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Ships from Reno, NV. When Asia Was the World.

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