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An 'Age of Commerce' in Southeast Asian History

Reid, Anthony

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Since the end of World War II the study of Southeast Asia has changed unrecognizably. The often bitter end of colonialism caused a sharp break with older scholarly traditions, and their tendency to see Southeast Asia as a receptacle for external influences—first Indian, Persian, Islamic or Chinese, later European. The greatest gain over the past forty years has probably been a much increased sensitivity to the cultural distinctiveness of Southeast Asia both as a whole and in its parts....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorReid, Anthony
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-15T23:20:35Z
dc.identifier.issn0026-749X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/143507
dc.description.abstractSince the end of World War II the study of Southeast Asia has changed unrecognizably. The often bitter end of colonialism caused a sharp break with older scholarly traditions, and their tendency to see Southeast Asia as a receptacle for external influences—first Indian, Persian, Islamic or Chinese, later European. The greatest gain over the past forty years has probably been a much increased sensitivity to the cultural distinctiveness of Southeast Asia both as a whole and in its parts. If there has been a loss, on the other hand, it has been the failure of economic history to advance beyond the work of the generation of Furnivall, van Leur, Schrieke and Boeke. Perhaps because economic factors were difficult to disentangle from external factors they were seen by very few Southeast Asianists as the major challenge.
dc.format.extent30 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.publisherModern Asian Studies
dc.rights© 1990 Cambridge University Press
dc.subjectSoutheast Asia
dc.subjectWorld War II
dc.subjectcolonialism
dc.subjectcultural distinctiveness
dc.titleAn 'Age of Commerce' in Southeast Asian History
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesThis paper was initially presented at the Asian Studies Centre in Oxford. I am grateful to the Centre and to All Souls College, Oxford, for their support in Michaelmas Term, 1987.
local.identifier.citationvolume24
dc.date.issued1990
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.cambridge.org/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationReid, Anthony, CHL General, CAP School of Culture, History and Language, The Australian National University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.identifier.essn1469-8099
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage30
local.identifier.doi10.1017/S0026749X00001153
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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