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A Short History of China and Southeast Asia: Tribute, Trade and Influence
     

A Short History of China and Southeast Asia: Tribute, Trade and Influence

by Martin Stuart-Fox, Milton Osborne (Editor), Robert Cribb (Contribution by), Anita Chang (Contribution by)
 

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This informative but concise history of China and Southeast Asia is perfect for travelers, students, teachers, and businesspeople. Portable and attractively designed, it includes color illustrations, maps, and a brief history of the region. Explored are relations between China and Southeast Asia across two millennia; patterns of diplomacy, commercial networks, and

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This informative but concise history of China and Southeast Asia is perfect for travelers, students, teachers, and businesspeople. Portable and attractively designed, it includes color illustrations, maps, and a brief history of the region. Explored are relations between China and Southeast Asia across two millennia; patterns of diplomacy, commercial networks, and migration; and how these have varied over time. With a focus on modern history, this is a fascinating account of imperial ambition, internal collapse and revival, cultural and commercial endeavors, and war and revolution. Important insight into the complicated history of the fastest-growing region in the world is offered.

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“I cannot welcome this series warmly enough. It is sure to be a winner—and much needed.”  —Bill Bryson, author, In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods

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People should want to know more about China with each passing year, as it increasingly takes its place as a diplomatic, military and economic powerhouse in world affairs. Australian historian Stuart-Fox has put together a concise, thoughtful and well-grounded history to help increase our knowledge. The language in the book isn't simple, but the writing is clear and it is well organized. Stuart-Fox moves through each chapter in about 25 pages, with four or five subsections in each chapter. There are good scholarly notes at the end, a suggested reading list, and a very good index. Four full-color pages of photos in the middle seem odd: they're nice, but not really enough to justify a separate section. The author isn't afraid to state opinions, but he's not reckless about them either. Prospective users of the book will either find the complete integration of Chinese and Southeast Asian material particularly useful or potentially bothersome. We can see why Australians might be used to looking at the area as a whole, but Americans usually don't see the two histories interwoven in this way. KLIATT Codes: A—Recommended for advanced students and adults. 2003, Allen & Unwin, dist. by Independent Publishers Group, 278p. illus. notes. bibliog. index., Ages 17 to adult.
—Daniel Levinson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781864489545
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
A Short History of Asia series
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


Martin Stuart-Fox is a professor of history at the University of Queensland and an expert in Southeast Asian history and politics. He is the author of The Murderous Revolution: Life and Death in Pol Pot's Kampuchea, Laos: Politics, Economics and Society, and A History of Laos.

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