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Southeast Asia: An Introductory History Paperback – April 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1741144482 ISBN-10: 1741144485 Edition: 9th

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"Still one of the best short introductory histories to the region even after nine editions."  —Eric Tagliacozzo, Cornell University
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Milton Osborne is the author of many books on history and politics in Southeast Asia including Exploring Southeast Asia, The Mekong, River Road to China, and Sihanouk. He presents seminars and lectures to academic and professional bodies throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; 9th edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741144485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741144482
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,666,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

This book is a great resource -- easy to read and very useful.
Jeremy Brown
I consider myslef educated as far as history is concerned but am very weak in this region.
Hoke
The book could have been shortened by half without missing a thing.
Richard A. Church

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hoke on May 13, 2005
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I am living in Thailand for the next two years and wanted to learn as much as I could about it. In order to understand Thailand one needs to be familiar with the whole region.

I consider myslef educated as far as history is concerned but am very weak in this region. This book serves as a very good introduction to the entire area. The author covers early times rather quickly and moves through to modern times at a decent pace.

The book left me with a lot more questions than answers. These questions are at least somewhat informed. The author sparked my interests in a lot of different periods for the various countries. The whole point of an introduction is to raise intelligent questions rather than going in depth. The author does this very well.

Speed readers will like the intro and summary for each chapter. The book is highly readable and the author is ready to admit areas where he does not have an expertise.

The 1/2 star minus is for the very brief mention of the 1997 economic crisis and its results. By now he can at least lend his opinion on the newly emerging history of that significant period.

Author also gives a good listing of suggested reading. This was not updated in the most recent addition and he does not give any good sources to further explore the most recent events
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Fabbri on July 12, 2013
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It is a good book, a bit too academic, quite hard to read, but definetely if you want to understand the historyof South East Asia it is a must!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Brown on May 2, 2008
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This book is a great resource -- easy to read and very useful. Great if you have little background (like me) with Southeast Asia
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Good overview of the region's history.

Wish more was included on its earlier history.

Was a bit surprised to find it is the large-type edition.
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