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The fifth edition of this successful text provides a comprehensive and up-to-date history of the 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 and Aung San Suu Kyi's successful bid for election to the Parliament, the rise of Yingluck Shinawartra to the position of prime minister of neighboring Thailand, and the consolidation of the ASEAN and its consideration of China's claim to the South China Sea. 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.
Linking contemporary Southeast Asia with its past, this text analyzes the ways neotraditional values have begun to shape social and political attitudes, practices, and structures. Donald McCloud shows how this neotraditional resurgence is being used to define an independent path to modernity markedly at odds with the dominant Western paradigm of development. Focusing on Southeast Asia's internal dynamics as well as its relationship to the global environment, this volume traces the evolution of a unique and dynamic region.
A balanced, accessible, and authoritative account of the history of Southeast Asia from ancient to contemporary times
Updated to include recent events and new insights, SarDesai argues that the quest for national identity is a recurring theme throughout two millennia of Vietnamese history, and this nationalism fuels Vietnamese struggles against France, the United States, and China.. Recent U.S. military interventions in Kosovo and Iraq have stirred public memories of the long and costly Vietnam conflict. Scholars and strategists, military leaders and media continue to raise questions such as what motivated the Vietnamese to wage a protracted conflict first against the French and later against the Americans at such great economic and emotional cost. process in Hanoi and Washington D.C. during the Vietnam conflict. He analyzes the extensive historiographical dialog in the 1990's involving scholars, strategists and policy-makers of the two countries. He addresses the postwar era of Vietnam's reconstruction, administrative reorganization, the U.N. sponsored Cambodian settlement, as well as Vietnam's membership and growing role in the ASEAN. SarDesai also looks at the new economic and strategic relationship between Vietnam and its former foe marked by President Clinton's visit to Hanoi and the increasing U.S. investment and trade in Vietnam in the aftermath of the Bilateral Trade Treaty (BTA) of July 2000. *Concise, clear, and manageable coverage of Vietnamese history for one semester courses.

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