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A History of Early Southeast Asia: Maritime Trade and Societal Development, 100-1500

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A coherent and comprehensive narrative of the functioning and implications of regional and international economic developments on Southeast Asian social organization in the pre-modern era that has hitherto not been attempted. . . . An important contribution to the field of Southeast Asian studies as well as global history and international studies. (Journal Of Economic and Social History Of The Orient)

This book is a most valuable contribution, especially as it covers a period that few know well and that no one else is trying to synthesize into such an overall work. Hall not only provides a much-needed economic and political analysis of his own and others' scholarship on the varied parts of Asia, he puts it all―islands and mainland―into a thoughtful interpretive framework that advances our study of Southeast Asia considerably. (John Whitmore, University of Michigan)

About the Author

Kenneth R. Hall is professor of history at Ball State University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742567613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742567610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book looks very strange: It repeats in fact the earlier monograph by Kenneth Hall "Maritime Trade and State Development in Southeast Asia" (1985) but strives to be a textbook to contemporary scholarship. Its main ideas are well-known. The main factor in Southeast Asian history was trade, and its fluctuations led to changes in political and social history of Southeast Asian societies. Indianization of Southeast Asia was due to local initiative. Competition for markets and trade opportunities was the main feature of everyday life of Southeast Asians.
The book has very few maps. It contains many mistakes and exaggerations, unfortunately. For example, Hall dates the return by Nearhus to Babilon from 321 BCE instead of 325 BCE (p. 40). He believes that the main Indic deity devoted in Southeast Asia from the very beginning, was Shiva (p. 51) but the earliest statues depict Vishnu and Buddha. He dates the famous Vo-canh stele from the 3rd century instead the 4th century CE because the stele contains the verses in Sanskrit metre vasantatilaka which appears not ealrier than the epoch of Imperial Guptas. The book omits the diffusion of Buddhism in Vietnam. Hall wrote that the Kashmir prince Gunavarman visited a polity called Ho-ling in 422 CE (p. 106) but this Buddhist teacher visited another polity - Ho-lo-tan. Hall calls the famous Kedukan Bukit inscription of Srivijaya dated from 682 CE - Talang Tuwo inscription (p. 113). He believes that San-fo-ch'i is mentioned for the first time in 960 CE but it occurs in 904 CE. Thus, the monograph appears to be a little bit hastily made.
I would recommend the famous Georges Coedes' The Indianized States of Southeast Asia as an introduction to the history of the region.
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The book itself if great, but the Kindle edition doesn't have a table of contents or a chapter select or anything. So you might want the paper version if you need it for classes.
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Great price and good condition compare with the college book store
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