The book A New History of Southeast Asia, written by members of the Department of History has been given a Choice Outstanding Book Award in the 2011 Outstanding Academic Titles category.
The book is by Prof Merle Ricklefs, A/P Bruce Lockhart, A/P Albert Lau, Dr Portia Reyes and Dr Maitrii Aung-Thwin and is published by Palgrave Macmillan (London).
‘Opening with an account of the ethnic groups and initial cultural and social structures of Southeast Asia, the book moves through the early ‘classical’ states, the arrival of new global religions and the impact of non-indigenous actors. The history of early modern states and their colonial successors is followed by analysis of World War II across the region, Offering a definitive account of decolonisation and early post-colonial nation-building, the text then transports us to modern-day Southeast Asia, exploring its place in a world recovering from the financial crisis. The distinguished author team provide an authoritative and accessible narrative, drawing upon the latest research and offering detailed guidance on further reading. A landmark contribution to the field, this is an essential text for scholars, students and anyone interested in Southeast Asia.’