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Modern Southeast Asia

HIST 287
Fall 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ANTH 271, EAST 284
Certificates: International Relations

Southeast Asia is one of the most populous, culturally diverse, and problematic "regions" of the world. It embraces the nation-states of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. Southeast Asia has been the destination of imperialists, tourists, and migrants, a battlefield during the Cold War, and a frontline in the war against terror. It has always been home to dynamic groups of people who seek to build strong, independent, and culturally distinctive societies in the modern world. This course is an introduction to the history of Southeast Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will examine political, social, cultural, and economic transformations, with particular attention to the effects of modernization, decolonization, and globalization. Topics of special interest will include the nature and legacies of imperialism in the region, the formation of nations and states, religious belief and political action, the role of Chinese settlers, gender and identity, the nature of the "region" as such and its relations to the rest of the world. We will study the modern history of Southeast Asia through scholarly writings, literature, and films.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Polit Econ)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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