"Lieberman's book... is extremely well thought out, and the thesis is first-rate.... Every serious scholar of history would do well to have this book on his or her shelf." - Michael Laver, Rochester Institute of Technology, Canadian Journal of History
This book seeks both to integrate Southeast Asia into world history and to rethink much of Eurasia's premodern past. It argues that Southeast Asia, Europe, Japan, China, and South Asia all embodied idiosyncratic versions of a hitherto unrecognized pattern of political and cultural integration that was governed by Eurasian-wide climatic, commercial, and military stimuli. This fundamentally original view of Eurasia speaks to both historians of individual regions and those interested in global trends.