Global Histories of Southeast Asia|
Southeast Asia is a region of remarkable social, cultural, and religious diversity, the product of a long, rich, and varied history of local interactions with civilizations of East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe over the past half millennium and longer. Historians have made good use of these historical realities in turning Southeast Asian history into a fertile field for thinking creatively about the spatial dimensions of historical patterns and processes.
While intended to increase students' knowledge of the history of Asia from the early modern period to the present, this course also attempts to treat Southeast Asia as a vantage point from which to explore various themes of global interaction and exchange. By taking on both tasks, it attempts to explore the global dimensions of local changes, to situate global patterns within local contexts, and to think about how experiences of social space and scale--of the "local" and "global"--have changed over the past few centuries. This course will focus on reading exemplary historiographical contributions to these questions. Themes covered will include empire, trade, travel and migration, science, technology, religion, cultural intellectual exchange, nationalism, and global and regional geopolitics.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bradley, Mark Philip. VIETNAM AT WAR (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009)
Ho, Engseng. THE GRAVES OF TARIM: GENEALOGY AND MOBILITY ACROSS THE INDIAN OCEAN (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006)
Mrazek, Rudolf. ENGINEERS OF HAPPY LAND: TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONALISM IN A COLONY (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002)
Reid, Anthony. SOUTHEAST ASIA IN THE AGE OF COMMERCE, 1450-1680: VOLUME TWO, EXPANSION AND CRISIS (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993)
Taylor, Jean Gelman. THE SOCIAL WORLD OF BATAVIA. 2nd ed (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009)
Thongchai Winichakul. SIAM MAPPED: A HISTORY OF THE GEO-BODY OF A NATION (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Several response papers and a final research paper.
|Instructor(s): Ko,Kevin E. Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 11||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 1||SO: 10||FR: 4|
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