7 Fantastic Books about Southeast Asia ...


I first became interested in Southeast Asia when I took a history course about the area, and since then I have read many books about Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Singapore, and several small islands. The people who live in this region have a fascinating culture. During the Age of Imperialism much of the area was colonized, which has greatly affected the modern history of Southeast Asia. If you are interested in the culture and history of the region, reading these books about Southeast Asia is a great way to further your knowledge.

1. Southeast Asian History: Essential Readings

Southeast Asian History: Essential Readings

D. R. Sardesai’s book about Southeast Asia is a wonderful way to learn about the culture. The book is divided into 4 sections including: cultural heritage, colonial interlude, nationalist responses, and fruits of freedom. Each section has essays and stories written by Southeast Asian people. It truly is a great way to gain insight into the culture through the eyes of the people who live there. My favorite essay was written by a Javanese royal during the time the Dutch East India Company had control. Her opinion of the Dutch provides great insight into how ignorant the colonizers were of the cultures they colonized. This is one of the best books about Southeast Asia for gaining a comprehensive understanding of the whole area.

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The English Governess at the Siamese Court
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