01:098:252/01:508:250 | Southeast Asia and the World – Core requirements: HST, SCL

This course introduces students to Southeast Asia—one of the “crossroads of the world”—and its history from the earliest times until the end of the twentieth century. Southeast Asia is a large and complex region, comprised of 11 independent countries—Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam—and home to animism, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, and Islam as well as some of the greatest ethnic, linguistic, and biocultural diversity anywhere in the world. Yet, it tends to be dwarfed by its powerful neighbors, India and China. In world histories, it has received scant attention, remaining practically invisible until the 19th century when the entire region (with the exception of Siam/Thailand) was brought under European and American colonial rule.