An ‘Age of Commerce’ in Southeast Asian History

@article{Reid1990AnO,
  title={An ‘Age of Commerce’ in Southeast Asian History},
  author={Anthony Reid},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  year={1990},
  volume={24},
  pages={1 - 30}
}
  • A. Reid
  • Published 1 February 1990
  • History
  • Modern Asian Studies
Since the end of World War II the study of Southeast Asia has changed unrecognizably. The often bitter end of colonialism caused a sharp break with older scholarly traditions, and their tendency to see Southeast Asia as a receptacle for external influences—first Indian, Persian, Islamic or Chinese, later European. The greatest gain over the past forty years has probably been a much increased sensitivity to the cultural distinctiveness of Southeast Asia both as a whole and in its parts. If there… 

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