Southeast Asia

From Prehistory to History

Author: Ian Glover

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415297776

Category: History

Page: 354

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This comprehensive and absorbing book traces the cultural history of Southeast Asia from prehistoric (especially Neolithic, Bronze-Iron age) times through to the major Hindu and Buddhist civilizations, to around AD 1300. Southeast Asia has recently attracted archaeological attention as the locus for the first recorded sea crossings; as the region of origin for the Austronesian population dispersal across the Pacific from Neolithic times; as an arena for the development of archaeologically-rich Neolithic, and metal using communities, especially in Thailand and Vietnam, and as the backdrop for several unique and strikingly monumental Indic civilizations, such as the Khmer civilization centred around Angkor. Southeast Asia is invaluable to anyone interested in the full history of the region.

Asia's Maritime Bead Trade

300 B.C. to the Present

Author: Peter Francis

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824823320

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 305

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This fascinating study is the first detailed description of the ancient and enduring trade in beads that spans more than two millennia and once stretched from the Middle East to East Asia and affected areas as far apart as West Africa and the American Pacific coast. Beads are universal and among the earliest art forms. Made of glass, semiprecious stone, or precious organic materials such as amber and coral, they were ubiquitous in the ancient world, serving as decorations, magical charms, mnemonic and counting devices, symbols of wealth and status. Much of the ancient bead trade was incorporated in Asian maritime commerce, and many of the beads involved have Asian origins. Peter Francis, Jr., a pioneer in bead studies, incorporates firsthand knowledge of beads and beadmaking in the field with years of solid, scholarly research, effectively eliminating much of the hearsay and speculation that so often characterizes works on beads. In addition to the production, use, and provenance of beads, he examines the importance of the bead trade for the economies of the countries involved and provides insights into the lives of its many participants: artisans, mariners, and merchants. He covers the widely-dispersed Indo-Pacific beads (sometimes called Trade Wind beads or mutisalah), Chinese glass beads, Middle Eastern glass beads, Indian stone beads, heirloom beads in Southeast Asia and Micronesia, and other minor beads and bead industries involved in the trade.

Ancient Southeast Asia

Author: John Norman Miksic,Goh Geok Yian

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317279042

Category: Social Science

Page: 632

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Ancient Southeast Asia provides readers with a much needed synthesis of the latest discoveries and research in the archaeology of the region, presenting the evolution of complex societies in Southeast Asia from the protohistoric period, beginning around 500BC, to the arrival of British and Dutch colonists in 1600. Well-illustrated throughout, this comprehensive account explores the factors which established Southeast Asia as an area of unique cultural fusion. Miksic and Goh explore how the local population exploited the abundant resources available, developing maritime transport routes which resulted in economic and cultural wealth, including some of the most elaborate art styles and monumental complexes ever constructed. The book’s broad geographical and temporal coverage, including a chapter on the natural environment, provides readers with the context needed to understand this staggeringly diverse region. It utilizes French, Dutch, Chinese, Malay-Indonesian and Burmese sources and synthesizes interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and data from archaeology, history and art history. Offering key opportunities for comparative research with other centres of early socio-economic complexity, Ancient Southeast Asia establishes the area’s importance in world history.

Money, Markets, and Trade in Early Southeast Asia

The Development of Indigenous Monetary Systems to AD 1400

Author: Robert S. Wicks

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501719475

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 354

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This substantial work explores the impact of monetization in premodern Southeast Asia from the third century BCE to the rise of Maleka in the early fifteenth century. The author explores why concepts of money developed unevenly throughout the region. He considers trade policies, price controls, exchange ratios, monopolies, variant standards of value, and the administrative structures required to support such a complex economic innovation.

Southeast Asian archaeology 1990

proceedings of the third Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists

Author: Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists in Western Europe. Conference,European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists. Conference

Publisher: N.A


Category: Archaeology

Page: 250

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Art from Thailand

Author: Robert L. Brown

Publisher: Marg Publications


Category: Art

Page: 104

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This volume provides an overview of Thailand's rich artistic variety. Art found in Thailand (previously named Siam) stretches over more than two millennia. Of great importance and of special interest is a long and intimate relationship between Thailand and India of cultures and artistic traditions, Buddhist and Hindu. The book spans the fourth-nineteenth centuries, from the earliest Indian-related art up until the modern Bangkok period. Though widely studied, the art history of Thailand today is highly contentious and revisionist, and the articles here present recent research and opinions. The study of art from Thailand has progressed rapidly in the last decades. Scholars have new things to say, new theories, new dating, new ideas regarding artistic relationships and influences. This volume is timely as it presents writers who are involved in this rethinking. They include senior scholars and promising young academics.

History of Humanity: From the seventh century B.C. to the seventh century A.D.

Author: Sigfried J. de Laet,Joachim Herrmann

Publisher: UNESCO

ISBN: 9789231028120

Category: Civilisation

Page: 626

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The period covered is marked by several turning-points, such as the spread of iron technology, the introduction of innovative irrigation systems and the development of new forms of urbanization. In China, India and the Mediterranean, in Central America and in parts of South America, the so-called 'Classical cultures' rose. For the first time, science attempted to develop independently of myth and religion, as a new method to explain nature and human destiny. But this period also witnessed the rise of universal religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and, in the seventh century, Islam.

Indo-Pacific Prehistory

The Chiang Mai Papers

Author: Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association. Congress,Peter S. Bellwood

Publisher: N.A


Category: Prehistoric peoples

Page: N.A

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To Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra on Her 80th Birthday

Author: Princess Kanlayāniwatthanā (granddaughter of Chulalongkorn, King of Siam)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789748298535

Category: Thailand

Page: 255

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Collection of essays on the cultural heritage of Thailand published in the year approaching the centenary of the Siam Society, dedicated to Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra.

Origins of Thai Art

Author: Betty Gosling

Publisher: Shambhala Publications


Category: Art

Page: 196

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This richly illustrated, very readable book presents a survey of early Thai art within the context of recent art research. These extraordinary glimpses into Thailand's once hidden past have remained hidden and disconnected until recently. Here in one volume is a comprehensive survey over three and a half millennia of art that has led toward the formation of the modern Thai nation.