Focuses on the changes that have taken place since the 18th century: the impact of colonial rule, the economic transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries, the emergence and triumph of the independence movements, the impact of social change and the pivotal roles played by religion, ethnic minorities and immigrant groups. Provides an introduction to the art of the region and a comprehensive guide to literature about Southeast Asia. Describes Southeast Asia before the European impact, the Asian immigrants in Southeast Asia, and Southeast Asia between the wars, 1918-1941. Presents the second world war in Southeast Asia, the challenges of independence in Southeast Asia, and overview of the present and recent past.
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