3 June, 2020

A wealth of information of maritime history for curious travelers.  A great pre-travel exploration.

This small but information packed book began as a history course manuscript by the author while at the History Department at Tufts University “and intended to provide a historical background for a unit on maritime Southeast Asia” studies.  The book version published in 1996, a diversion of much of her other work, but was due to her “conviction that a general knowledge of the early history of maritime Southeast Asia should be common knowledge among those who study and teach world history.”  While a factual presentation of history, it is a fascinating account, focused primarily on what is now Indonesia, of where and how the Southeast Asia maritime sailing network proceeded for a millennium prior to the intrusion of European hegemony.

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