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A Short History of South-East Asia, von Church, Peter (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 13.03.2017
  • Verlag: Wiley
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A Short History of South-East Asia,

Explore the fascinating history of south-east Asia A Short History of South-East Asia, Sixth Edition is the latest in a series of updated texts spotlighting this fascinating region. With revised chapters for all of the countries in this geographic area, this interesting text paints a remarkable overview of the characters and events that have shaped this part of the world. Founded upon a deeply perceptive observation of the late founding Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, this book brings shape to the idea that 'to understand the present and to anticipate the future, one must know enough of the past, enough to have a sense of the history of a people.' With an approachable writing style and comprehensive content, this unique text was written for business readers interested in improving their understanding of this important region. With globalization continuing to gain momentum, south-east Asia is emerging as an important business sector for many industries. Not only does this open up professional opportunities, it exposes individuals in other parts of the world to the unique histories and cultures of the area. If you are interested in learning more about the region, this abbreviated text is a wonderful resource. Explore historic and political developments that have taken place throughout south-east Asia Quickly navigate text organized by country, allowing you to dive into the events that have shaped Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam Gain an important global perspective, which can prove valuable on personal and professional levels Leverage your new understanding of the region's past to better understand its present and anticipate its future
A Short History of South-East Asia, Sixth Edition is an abbreviated history of south-east Asia written with business readers in mind. PETER CHURCH, OAM, is a lawyer, corporate adviser, and company director, who has spent more than 35 years living and working in South-East Asia and India. He advises a varied group of companies in relation to their activities in Asia and Australia and sits on a number of for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He is Chairman of AFG Venture Group, Special Counsel to the English law firm Stephenson Harwood, an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School in Perth, Western Australia, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai, India. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1994 for his services to the promotion of business relations between Australia and the South-East Asian region.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 240
    Erscheinungsdatum: 13.03.2017
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781119062486
    Verlag: Wiley
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A Short History of South-East Asia,

Introduction

INTRODUCTION TO THE SIXTH EDITION

When the fifth edition of this brief and handy history was introduced in 2009, South-East Asia, like nearly all the rest of the world, was struggling with contagious recession. The region emerged from that and has generally resumed growth. In the biggest economy, Indonesia, there is a fair chance of broad expansion and in a couple of the smaller states there is clear improvement. Political uncertainties constrain investment and growth in some places.

But the most striking change since 2009 is the large and rapid increase in the salience of China's presence and influence. This is evident in new regional institutions, in trade, and in infrastructure funding and in an assertive claim of sovereignty over most of the South China Sea. That claim has been given physical shape by the development of reefs and islands, some newly and artificially formed, on some of which air strips or other military facilities are being installed. Despite a decision by an arbitration tribunal operating under the auspices of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea against China's claims, regional governments have been relatively careful in their criticism of China's claims. Whether the United States, which has also disputed China's claims, will continue to do so under a Trump Administration remains to be seen. President-elect Trump's remarks during the campaign might suggest a reduction in US engagement in the region.

Sydney, 10 November 2016

Rawdon Dalrymple AO

Former Australian Ambassador to Israel, Indonesia, United States, and Japan
INTRODUCTION TO THE 2009 FIFTH EDITION

The first sentence of my introduction to the fourth edition has been reinforced by the market since then. More than 150,000 copies of "this little book" have now been sold and here we are with a fifth edition. That it fills a need is more than ever obvious. Busy people who need a basic history of one or more of the countries of South-East Asia have been well-served by it.

The region, like the rest of the world in January 2009, faces formidable difficulties. Demand for exports is drying up, as is foreign investment. Economies that have a major exposure to earnings sent home by workers who have jobs in other countries are likely to be adversely affected. For example, some eight million Filipinos work overseas and their repatriated earnings are a significant part of the country's national income. The competence of governments every- where will be tested. Some will manage better than others, but all will come under strain. A major question is whether regional cooperation will be more effective than in 1987-88. Their histories do not enable us to predict with certainty how South-East Asian countries will be affected. But some knowledge of history certainly helps.

2009

Rawdon Dalrymple AO

Chairman, Advisory Board of Asean Focus Group
INTRODUCTION TO THE 2006 FOURTH EDITION

The continuing and increasing demand for this little book reflects not only the quality of its contents and the relevance of its format but also the prominence of South-East Asia in events which have engaged worldwide attention. Thus Islam in South-East Asia has been much discussed and many outside the region have become aware that there are more adherents of that religion in Indonesia than in any other country in the world. Political changes and developments in Indonesia, with a new and very different president, have appeared to hold out new promise, as has the change of leadership in Malaysia. Security incidents and concern about threatening networks have prompted unprecedented cooperation between the countries of the region including Australia. Most recently the natural disaster of the tsunami wave originating off Sumatra has focused world attention on the region and brought a huge supporti

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