The Southeast Asia Handbook / Edition 1

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The Regional Handbooks of Economic Development series provides accessible overviews of countries within their larger domestic and international contexts, focusing on the relations among regions as they meet the challenges of the twenty first century.

The series allows the non-specialist student to explore a wide range of complex factors-social and political as well as economic-that affect the growth of developing regions in Asia, Europe, and South America. Each Handbook provides an overview chapter discussing the region's economic conditions within an historical and political context, as well as 20 or more chapter-length essays written by recognized experts, which analyze the key issues affecting a region's economy: its population, natural resources, foreign trade, labor problems, and economic inequalities, and other vital factors.

In addition, the volumes offer useful support materials, including a series of appendices that include a detailed chronology of events in the region, a glossary of terms, biographical entries on key personalities, an annotated bibliography of further reading, and a comprehensive analytical index.

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Overviews the history of economic development in Southeast Asia up to the 1950s, then details economic conditions and factors affecting the economy in 11 Southeast Asian countries. Later chapters discuss nation-building and ethnicity, natural resources, agriculture, financial services and the Asian crisis, relations with Northeast Asia, and Southeast Asia and the West. Includes a chronology, a glossary, and in-depth profiles of key personalities, political and economic institutions, and ethnic groups. Bankoff is affiliated with the University of Auckland; Haas is with California State University- Fullerton. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884964978
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Regional Handbooks of Economic Development Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Note
Map: National Frontiers and Capital Cities in Southeast Asia
1 Entrepot of Trade: Southeast Asia until the 1870s 3
2 Imperial Frameworks: Southeast Asia from 1870 to 1957 12
3 World Economies: Southeast Asia since the 1950s 24
4 Thailand 41
5 Malaysia 56
6 Singapore 67
7 Brunei 78
8 The Philippines 87
9 Indonesia 97
10 East Timor 110
11 Vietnam 121
12 Cambodia 132
13 Laos 145
14 Burma 157
15 Nation-building, Ethnicity, and Politics 167
16 Environment, Resources, and Hazards 179
17 Agriculture 193
18 Financial Services and the Asian Crisis 207
19 Relations with Northeast Asia 219
20 Worlds in Collision: Southeast Asia and the West 231
Chronology 243
Glossary 285
Personalities 287
Political and Economic Institutions 301
Ethnic Groups 306
Bibliography 317
Index 323
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