Exploring Southeast Asia: A Traveller's History of the by Milton Osborne

By Milton Osborne

Milton Osborne is likely one of the world's pre-eminent writers on Southeast Asia, and this vigorous and simple to learn consultant is a distillation of a lifetime's wisdom and event at the quarter. crucial studying for travelers. Southeast Asia is a tantalising a part of the realm. The area has gone through dramatic adjustments in the course of its lengthy and vibrant background, and is marked by means of huge, immense cultural, geographical and political range. From the grandeur of the 'classical' years throughout the modifications that observed the arriving and eventual dominance of the eu powers, and from the sour wars of revolution to the fun and difficulties of independence, Exploring Southeast Asia is a full of life chronicle of the region's prior. widely illustrated with photos and diagrams, it is usually convenient short histories and maps of all Southeast Asian countries. Exploring Southeast Asia is definitely the right advent to a global ready and deserving to be larger recognized. '[Milton Osborne] writes books at the zone that have characteristics hardly present in mixture: impeccable and authoritative scholarship, and the vividness and lightness of contact of excellent go back and forth writing'. - Christopher Koch

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QXD 56 30/7/03 2:38 PM Page 56 Exploring Southeast Asia occasions for village festivals with their accompanying gaiety, but these were exceptions to a way of life that was plagued by disease as well as demanding physical labour. Although the peasant farmers were the largest group in the populations of traditional Southeast Asia outside of the elite ranks, there were other groups who should be mentioned. In larger An engraving of a village house in Sumatra. The drawing from which this engraving was made was executed in 1792.

QXD 30/7/03 2:38 PM Page 35 Great cities and great empires in the ‘Lands of Gold’ 35 an utterly ridiculous procedure’. But after offering a wide-eyed account of priests deflowering virgins, he admits he is only recounting hearsay. Yet for all his Chinese sense of superiority towards a people he regarded as ‘barbarians’, Chou provides what is clearly accurate detail on issues ranging from agriculture and the presence of slaves to the clothing worn by the population. And, importantly, he describes some of the major temples in a manner that allows us to sense their greatness while the Cambodian court still lived at Angkor.

Or was it an accurate description of how his courtiers regarded a man who was a forerunner of later believers in male dominance? And how should we judge the inscriptions from Jayavarman VII’s reign which claimed that he felt his subjects’ pain The bas-relief decorating the late thirteenth century Bayon temple at Angkor are remarkable for combining narrative depictions of recent historical events with scenes from everyday life. In this illustration the central part of the carving shows Cham war canoes on their way to attack Angkor while below are Cambodians watching a cock fight, playing dice and blowing on a flute.

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