Monsoon Asia

A reader on South and Southeast Asia

Editor: David Henley and Nira Wickramasinghe

About this book

Monsoon Asia was the first venue of global trade, a zone of encounters, exchanges, and cultural diffusion. This book demonstrates the continuing fertility of the Monsoon Asia perspective as an aid to understanding what South/Southeast Asia, as a connected space, has been in the past and is today. Sixteen tightly knit chapters, written by experts from perspectives ranging from Indology and philology to postcolonial and transnational studies, offer a captivating view of the region, with its rich and variegated history shaped by commonalities in human ecology, cultural forms, and religious practices. The contributions draw upon extensive research and a thorough command of the most recent scholarship. This volume will be an invaluable text for anyone interested in South and Southeast Asia, and for more specialized students in the fields of global and Indian Ocean history, transcultural studies, archaeology, linguistics, and politics.

David Henley is Professor of Contemporary Indonesia Studies at Leiden University. He has published on a broad range of topics in relation to Southeast Asia, including ethnicity and nationalism, environmental history, economic development and finance, political institutions and ideology, and cultures of the human body.

Nira Wickramasinghe is Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at Leiden University. She has published on a range of topics, including identity politics, colonial society and slavery in Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean world. Her most recent publication is Slave in a Palanquin. Colonial Servitude and Resistance in Sri Lanka (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020).

Format: Paperback

Pages: 441

Illustrated: Black and White

ISBN Print: 9789087283902

ISBN ePDF: 9789400604360

Published: 13 March 2023

Language: English

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