Southeast Asian History and the Mediterranean Analogy

  title={Southeast Asian History and the Mediterranean Analogy},
  author={H. Sutherland},
  journal={Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  pages={1 - 20}
  • H. Sutherland
  • Published 2003
  • History
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
Historians of Southeast Asia have been inspired by Fernand Braudel's classic The Mediterranean because of its focus on the sea and multidisciplinary approach, and because it seems to solve two recalcitrant historiographical problems: the definition of time and space, and the reconciliation of local identities and external influence. But while Braudel's prose and intellectual ambition are justly seen as inspiring, conceptual confusion and analytic evasion limit his contribution. 
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