ASPECTS OF WARFARE IN PREMODERN SOUTHEAST ASIA BY BARBARA WATSON ANDAYA* (Guest Editor) It would be extremely di cult to construct the premodern history of the region delineated as ÒSoutheast AsiaÓ without reference to warfare. Early inscriptions and carved reliefs acclaim the achievements of powerful kings, while oral chants and indigenous legends laud the victories of great warrior chiefs against their enemies. Albeit expressed in a different mode, military matters are equally prominent in European documents, where pages upon pages cover descriptions of wars fought against one or another native opponent. Because the outcome of any con ict, whether local raid or full-scale battle, could have far-reaching effects, these sources continue to attract historical interest. As their questions become more nuanced, scholars have begun to consider not merely the political and diplomatic results, but other matters such as the symbolic capital attached to the warrior culture and the ways in which the conduct of warfare changed following the introduction of new technologies. These essays were originally presented at a panel entitled ÒAspects of War- fare in Premodern Southeast AsiaÓ suggested by Gerrit Knaap and organized by Barbara Watson Andaya for the April 2002 Annual Meeting of the Association
Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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