Environment, trade and society in Southeast Asia : a longue durée perspective

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  • "Eleven historians bring their knowledge and insights to bear on the long Braudelian sweep of Southeast Asian history. In doing so they seek both to debunk simplistic assumptions about fragile traditions and transformational modernities, and to identify real repeating patterns in Southeast Asia's past: clientelistic political structures, periodic tectonic and climatic disasters, ethnic occupational specializations, long cycles of economic globalization and deglobalization. Their contributions range across many centuries: from the Austronesian expansion to the Aceh tsunami, and from the Sanskrit cosmopolis to the Asian financial crisis. The book is inspired by, and dedicated to, Peter Boomgaard, a scholar whose work has embodied the Braudelian spirit in Southeast Asian historiography"--


  • Papers originally presented at a conference in honor of Peter Boomgaard held August 2011 and organized by Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-254) and index.


  • Introduction : structures, cycles, scratches on rocks / David Henley, Henk Schulte Nordholt -- Deep forestry : shaping the longue durée of the forest in the Philippines / Greg Bankoff -- Breeding and power in Southeast Asia : horses, mules and donkeys in the longue durée / William G. Clarence Smith -- Under the volcano : stabilizing the early Javanese state in an unstable environment / Jan Wisseman Christie -- History seismology in the ring of fire : punctuating the Indonesian past / Anthony Reid -- The longue durée in Filipino demographic history : the role of fertility prior to 1800 / Linda Newson -- Glimpsing Southeast Asian naturalia in global trade, c. 300 BCE-1600 AD / Raquel A.G. Reyes -- Ages of commerce in Southeast Asian history / David Henley -- Pursuing the invisible : Makassar, city systems / Heather Sutherland -- The expansion of Chinese inter-insular hinterland trade in Southeast Asia, c.1400-1850 / Kwee Hui Kian -- From contest state to patronage democracy : the longue durée of clientelism in Indonesia / Henk Schulte Nordholt -- Visual history : a neglected resource for the longue durée / Jean Gelman Taylor -- List of writings of Peter Boomgaard
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