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History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives (review)

History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives (review) book reviews History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives. O. W. Wolters. Revised edition. Southeast Asian Program Publications No. 26, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1999. 275 pp, $17.00. ISBN: 0-87727-725-7 Reviewed by Laura Junker, Anthropology Department, Western Michigan University Anyone who is familiar with historian O. W. Wolters' original publication in 1982 of this collection of essays on the pre-colonial cultural and political landscape of Southeast Asia will be extremely happy to see this new version come to press. The original book, already a provocative and seminal work appreciated by historians and anthropologists alike, consisted of five theoretically wide-ranging essays on such issues as the meaning of ``Southeast Asia'' as an entity with historical and cultural commonalities, what the process of ``Indianization'' in first millennium and early second millennium a.d. Southeast Asia really means, and the implications for continuities between historic kingdoms and the prehistoric past. The essays in the 1982 book were sandwiched by introductory and concluding chapters that nicely emphasized some of the broader implications of Wolters' ideas on political structure in historic and ``protohistoric'' Southeast Asian complex societies like Funan, Srivijaya, Champa, and Majapahit. The 1982 publication also included several appendixes which illustrated http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 40 (1) – May 1, 2001

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book reviews History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives. O. W. Wolters. Revised edition. Southeast Asian Program Publications No. 26, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1999. 275 pp, $17.00. ISBN: 0-87727-725-7 Reviewed by Laura Junker, Anthropology Department, Western Michigan University Anyone who is familiar with historian O. W. Wolters' original publication in 1982 of this collection of essays on the pre-colonial cultural and political landscape of Southeast Asia will be extremely happy to see this new version come to press. The original book, already a provocative and seminal work appreciated by historians and anthropologists alike, consisted of five theoretically wide-ranging essays on such issues as the meaning of ``Southeast Asia'' as an entity with historical and cultural commonalities, what the process of ``Indianization'' in first millennium and early second millennium a.d. Southeast Asia really means, and the implications for continuities between historic kingdoms and the prehistoric past. The essays in the 1982 book were sandwiched by introductory and concluding chapters that nicely emphasized some of the broader implications of Wolters' ideas on political structure in historic and ``protohistoric'' Southeast Asian complex societies like Funan, Srivijaya, Champa, and Majapahit. The 1982 publication also included several appendixes which illustrated

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