State formation and the evolution of naval strategies in the Melaka Straits, c. 500–1500 CE

  title={State formation and the evolution of naval strategies in the Melaka Straits, c. 500–1500 CE},
  author={Derek Heng},
  journal={Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  pages={380 - 399}
  • Derek Heng
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • History
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
The Strait of Melaka and connected waterways have been critical to, and directly affected, the formation of littoral states, societies and economies in eastern Sumatra, the Riau Islands, the Malay Peninsula, and Singapore. The history and nature of statehood in the region is interrelated to the way in which naval capabilities evolved, but, as argued in this article, perhaps not in the straightforward fashion often assumed. Naval capabilities and strategies evolved in tandem with state policy to… 
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