History of relations between China and Southeast Asia across two millennia. Examines patterns of diplomacy, commercial networks, migration, and looks at how these have varied over time. Explores the Chinese view of the world, early relations, Mongol expansionism, sea power and trade, the effect of Europeans, the changing world order, communism and the Cold War, fresh beginnings, and future directions. Includes photos, endnotes, suggested reading, and index. Author is Professor of History at the University of Queensland. His previous books include 'The Murderous Revolution: Life and Death in Pol Pot's Kampuchea' and 'Laos: Politics'.
Introduction: Where the past meets the present -- Pt. I. Southeast Asia up to the Second World War -- 1. Great cities and great empires in the 'Lands of Gold' -- 2. Courts, kings and peasants: The traditional world -- 3. Minorities and slaves: Outsiders in traditional Southeast Asia -- 4. The challenge of the West: The European advance -- 5. Economic transformation -- 6. The Asian immigrants -- 7. The years of illusion: Between the wars, 1918-41 -- 8. The Second World War in Southeast Asia -- Pt. II. Gaining independence: Common goals, individual histories -- 9. Revolution and revolt -- 10. Other paths to independence -- Pt. III. Independent Southeast Asia -- 11. Challenges of the post-colonial era -- 12. Contemporary Southeast Asia -- 13. Southeast Asia's living past -- Time chart of modern Southeast Asian history.
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 21st December 2012