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Raffles and the British Invasion of Java

by Tim Hannigan

On a hot August afternoon in 1811, an army of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore through the muddy shallows off Batavia (the former name of Jakarta, Indonesia's capital) to conquer the Dutch colony of Java....


Ho Chi Minh: A Life

by William J. Duiker

To grasp the complicated causes and consequences of the Vietnam War, one must understand the extraordinary life of Ho Chi Minh, the man generally recognized as the father of modern Vietnam. Duiker provides startling...


A Short History of Cambodia: From empire to survival

by John Tully

New in the Short History of Asia series, edited by Milton Osborne, this is a concise and readable history of Cambodia, from its rich and powerful past, through the era of French protection, the Vietnamese conflict,...


Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali

by J. Stephen Lansing

Along rivers in Bali, small groups of farmers meet regularly in water temples to manage their irrigation systems. They have done so for a thousand years. Over the centuries, water temple networks have expanded...


Chinese Society in Thailand: An Analytical History

by G. William Skinner

A history analyzing the relationship between Thais and Chinese immigrants in Thailand. Published in 1957, it includes a contemporary description of Chinese society in Thailand at a time when China was a newly-emerged...


Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition

by Nisid Hajari

Like the Rape of Nanking, the partition of India was a dramatic, bloody crisis that remains a key historical faultline today.


Analects

by David Hinton

While Confucius failed in his lifetime to rescue a crumbling civilization with his teachings, he was to become the most influential sage in human history. His thought, still remarkably current and even innovative...


Hun Sen's Cambodia

by Sebastian Strangio

To many in the West, the name Cambodia still conjures up indelible images of destruction and death, the legacy of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and the terror it inflicted in its attempt to create a communist...


Truth on Trial in Thailand

by David Streckfuss

This book explores the basics of the defamation law as it applies to private-sphere defamation and looks at the peculiar permutations created by the use of public-sphere defamation laws in Thailand, particularly...


Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War

by Ted Morgan

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Ted Morgan has now written a rich and definitive account of the fateful battle that ended French rule in Indochina—and led inexorably to America’s Vietnam War. Dien Bien Phu...


Singapore and the Many Headed Monster: A New Perspective on the Riots of 1950,1961 and 1969

by Joe Conceicao

Former Member of Parliament and diplomat Joe Conceicao (b. 1924) has chronicled the three occasions in Singapore history where the many-headed monster (riots) had been sighted: the three race riots that erupted...


The Vietnam War: Revised 2nd Edition

by Mitchell K. Hall

The Vietnam War examines the conflict from its origins through to 1975 and North Vietnam's victory.  This new revised edition is completely up-to-date with current academic debates and includes new source...


Autonomy and Disintegration in Indonesia

by Harry Aveling & Damien Kingsbury

Fragmentation in Indonesia is by far the most critical issue now facing the state. This book analyses social unrest, autonomy and separatism in the wake of the Indonesian economic crisis, placing them in the...


In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos

by Richard Lloyd Parry

In the last years of the twentieth century, foreign correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry found himself in the vast island nation of Indonesia, one of the most alluring, mysterious, and violent countries in the...


Pre-Communist Indochina

by R.B. Smith & Beryl Williams

This book explores the history of pre-communist Indochina, from the fourteenth century to the 1940s. It examines the early state of Vietnam, comparing and contrasting its political and social systems, with both...


Taming China's Wilderness: Immigration, Settlement and the Shaping of the Heilongjiang Frontier, 1900-1931

by Patrick Fuliang Shan

Until the beginning of the twentieth century, the Chinese province of Heilongjiang, historically known as Northern Manchuria, remained a sparsely populated territory on the northeastern frontier. For about two...


Four Faces of Truth

by Harriette Rinaldi

The name of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot evokes memories of utter horror, eerily reminiscent of the nightmare of the Holocaust and presaging other genocidal regimes that continue into the 21st century. Witnessing...


Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History

by Norman G. Owen

The study of the history of Southeast Asia is still growing, evolving, deepening and changing as an academic field. Over the past few decades historians have added nuance to traditional topics such as Islam...


The War That Never Ends: New Perspectives on the Vietnam War

by David L. Anderson & John Ernst

More than three decades after the final withdrawal of American troops from Southeast Asia, the legacy of the Vietnam War continues to influence political, military, and cultural discourse. Journalists, politicians,...


Classical Civilizations of South-East Asia

by Vladimir Braginsky

With particular emphasis on history, religion, literature and arts, this collection provides a multifaceted and representative picture of the classical civilizations of South-East Asia which will be of interest...