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The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Early Modern Southeast Asia Paperback – March, 2008

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"Andaya has penned the definitive volume on women in early modern Southeast Asia. Graduates and undergraduates will find Andaya's work approachable and foundational to their understanding of Southeast Asian history, society, politics, and religion.... Andaya's tightly argued book is masterfully organized and is the most comprehensive book to date on women in Southeast Asia. A must read for Southeast Asianists and historians of gender and women." - Choice"

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"This is the masterwork of one of Southeast Asia’s finest historians. At last justice is done to the distinctiveness of pre-colonial Southeast Asia gender relations. Barbara Andaya’s balanced and erudite summation of what we know about women’s lives and roles makes this book essential reading both for women’s history and Southeast Asian studies." —Anthony Reid, author of Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce

"This is a fascinating book by one of the finest historians of Southeast Asia. Barbara Andaya explores the history of women in early modern Southeast Asia with imagination, meticulous craft, and innovative methods, with special attention to human relations rather than state formation. Given the paucity of written evidence, she probes into other kinds of ‘texts,’ such as performance and textiles, opening up new possibilities for research. She finds stories of women's changing status and gender relations in diverse circumstances, from women’s involvement with land, agrarian production, local markets, and world trade, to their relation to state power in taxation, corvée labor, and household economy. Andaya brilliantly lays the foundation of an entirely new field and raises important questions for historians to come. It is a must-read." —Thongchai Winichakul, author of Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation

"The Flaming Womb is a deeply learned work, Barbara Watson Andaya at her best. It reveals an extraordinary range of reading on Southeast Asia and beyond. Andaya draws on examples from Europe and other regions of Asia to show the value of comparative analysis and to point to possible avenues of research. Her scholarship is marked by care in the use of sources, and historiographical issues are always at the fore. Although she is wary of generalizations, she also has the courage to hazard conclusions." —Jean Gelman Taylor, author of Indonesia: Peoples and Histories --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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