HIS 3267 East and South East Asia: Political Economic and Cultural Change

Course Description:
This course will introduce students to the historical developments in the regions called the Far East and South East Asia. It will discuss these regions’ pre-colonial history as a general Course Description to the course and will discuss the subsequent history in detail.

Learning Objectives:
This course expects to provide an in-depth insight to students on the countries of the two regions mentioned and make them aware how non-European powers impacted the history of the region with their political and economic activities and the changes that took place in the region by being connected to international trade and economy with the advent of Europeans.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Trace the political, social and economic interconnections of the two regions
• Assess the contribution of these countries to the historical developments in the Asian region
• Analyse how these regions influenced the world economy and politics

Course Content:
A historical overview of the Far East and Southeast Asia
1. China and Japan
2. Indian and Islamic influence on pre-colonial Southeast Asia
3. European Expansion in the Far East and Southeast Asia
4. Rise of Japan
5. European powers in the Indonesian archipelago
6. Thailand
7. Indochina

Attendance 10%
Midterm Test or Assignment 30%
Final Exam 60%

Recommended Readings:
Ebery, P., Walthall, A.; palais, J. (2009) East Asia: A Cultural, Social and Political History, (2nd edition), Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Hall, D. G. E. (1955) A History of South-East Asia, London: Macmillan Co. Ltd.
Lindblad, J. T. (1995) ‘Current trends in Economic History of Southeast Asia.’ Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore: National University.
Scott, J. C. (1985) Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, US: Yale University Press.

Tarling, N. (ed.) (1999) The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, UK: Cambridge University Press.