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Southeast Asia in Ruins: Art and Empire in the Early 19th Century

Compiles pictures plus descriptions from British perspectives in the late 18th to the early19th century towards Southeast Asia’s ruined Hindu and Buddhist candi or stupa, pagodas, temples and monuments in Indonesia to study history of British-Southeast Asian relations, Java civilization and to see how British known about Southeast Asia. Examines cultural advancement through architectural remains as a civilization gauge. Discusses on cultural atrophy, politic and economic factors beyond the decline, and British imperialism over the region.