Modern Southeast Asia

HISTORY 111B

Spring 2017
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
223 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11
Class Number: 
32100
Units: 
4

This course provides an introduction to the modern history of Southeast Asia. It examines key historical themes within the history of the region as a whole while exploring the national political narratives of the region’s largest countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Burma. Topics include the coherence of Southeast Asia as a discrete historical region, the nature of “traditional” society and political culture, the onset of European imperialism, the rise of colonial states, the growth of colonial capitalism, the emergence of anti-colonial movements including nationalism and communism, World War II and Japanese occupation, decolonization, the impact of the Cold War and the rise of authoritarian regimes, military rule and developmental states.