Modern Southeast Asia

History 111B

Fall 2013
Instructor: 
Alec Holcombe
Location: 
220 WHEELER
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12P
CCN: 
39471
Units: 
4
  • This course has been cancelled.
  • This introductory course surveys major themes of modern Southeast Asian history. Lectures will be organized topically and chronologically with an emphasis on cross-country comparisons. Starting with a consideration of pre-colonial political and economic legacies, we will examine local responses to imperial conquest and colonial state formation, the impact of capitalist penetration, the transformation of indigenous elites, the growth of "plural societies," anti-colonial resistance and the development of nationalism, war and Japanese occupation, decolonization and the erection of post-colonial regimes. Emphasis will be placed on the region's largest and most populous countries: Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Requirements include class attendance, participation in discussion sections, two short essays, a mid-term and a final.