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Spring 2014-2015
* HIS 342 / EAS 342 / NES 343 (HA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Southeast Asia's Global History

Michael F. Laffan

This course aims to provide an introduction to Southeast Asia and its prominent place in global history through a series of encounters in time; from Marco Polo in Sumatra to the latest events in such buzzing cities as Bangkok, Jakarta and Hanoi. For the early modern period we will read various primary sources, before turning to consider a series of diverse colonial impacts across the region (European, American and Asian), and then the mechanisms underpinning the formation of some of the most vibrant, and sometimes turbulent, countries on the world stage.

Sample reading list:
Norman Owen (ed.), The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia: A New History
Anthony Reid, Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce (2 vols.)
David Marr, Vietnamese Tradition on Trial
Jean Taylor, Indonesia: Peoples and Histories
Thongchai Winachakul, Siam Mapped
Ben Kiernan, How Pol Pot Came to Power

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be 150-200 pages of challenging reading per week. Assessment will be broken down to include (1) a paper on a primary source due in week 5 (20%); (2) a second paper on a Southeast Asian novel due in week 11 (30%); a final exam testing knowledge of the general themes of the course (30%); and contributions to class discussions (20%).

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41818 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Dickinson Hall   211   Enrolled:12 Limit:15