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on August 11, 2010
Although "Southeast Asia: A Concise History" is scholarly and well written, it is not as informative as many of it's competitors. The author provides a good framework and introduces the reader to key concepts, for example, the difference between Land-based Kingdoms and Maritime Kingdoms.
However, the book is centered around Indonesia and other countries are neglected. Brunei is barely mentioned and East Timor was not yet in existence when the book was published in the year 2000.
I would recommend "Southeast Asia in World History," by David Chandler instead. But... both together would be great, too.