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Junior History Tutorial l
CSS 427
Fall 2006 not offered

Southeast Asia is one of the most diverse and fascinating regions of the world. It comprises the nation-states of Brunei, Cambodia Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. It includes the world's largest Islamic country (Indonesia); its most urbanized nation-state (Singapore); the homeland of some of the world's most successful diasporic communities (Vietnam, the Philippines); and the heartland of some of the world's most widely spoken languages: Malay/Indonesian (270 million speakers); Thai/Lao (90 million speakers); Vietnamese (75 millions speakers); and Tagalog (60 million speakers). Since the end of the Second World War, it has also been one of the most violent places on the face of the globe. Revolution, decolonization, national independence, state-building, and democratization have all involved violent upheavals. This course examines the role of `violence┬┐ in the making of modern Southeast Asian history. Using case studies from around the region, we will examine how historians have accounted for the occurrence, nature, and significance of violence in Southeast Asia. What kinds of explanation (e.g., cultural, economic, political) have historians resorted to? How much human agency is involved in their accounts? How do Southeast Asians view, and experience, the violence of their history differently from outside participants and observers? Are Western modes of historical narrative and analysis the only or best ways of representing and explaining violence in Southeast Asia? This course will be as much about ways of representing history as it is about the recent Southeast Asian past. Lecture topics: 1. Introduction to modern Southeast Asian history and the problem of violence; 2. Revolution; 3. Decolonization; 4. Nationalism; 5. State-building and democratization; 6. Memory; 7. Conclusions.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: CSS414
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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