A Short History of South-East Asia

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A Short History of South-East Asia

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9780470821282: A Short History of South-East Asia

The third edition of this best-selling title brings the history of South East Asia right up-to-date with a new chapter on East Timor and revised chapters for all countries. Peter Church provides a concise, yet informative and entertaining history of each country in the region. Key characters and events are described, providing the reader with a remarkable overview of this complex and fascinating part of the world.

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"Any businessman doing or wanting to do business in SE Asia must understand the history of the area if he is to be successful. The history of each country plays an important part in understanding the country's culture and behaviour. This easily read book provides this invaluable information - ignore it at your peril."
—Mike M Courtnall, President, Asian Building & Manufacturing Markets, BHP Steel Limited

“Succinct, reliable, historical surveys of each state of ASEAN, reaching right up to the present day. Such a country-by-country approach has real value for the business visitor or the tourist moving around this complex region. No one seeking to identify opportunities and dangers in Southeast Asia can ignore the historical processes that shape the different societies.”- Anthony Milner, Basham Professor of Asian History, Australian National University

“This authoritative, concise, balanced and accessible history neatly fills the gap between the tourist guides and the weighty academic tomes. It gives the reader an authentic “feel for the history”, so necessary to understand the present."
—Stephen Grenville, Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia

"A Short History of South-East Asia provides the essential background information that busy business people must have to succeed in Southeast Asia and a stepping stone for those who want to go further."
—Cavan Hogue, Former Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Former Ambassador to Thailand

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Non-historians often do not realise the importance of history to the present and future directions of nations. Lee Kuan Yew, the legendary Senior Minister of Singapore summed it up when he once stated "to understand the present and anticipate the future, one must know enough of the past enough to have a sense of history of a people". A Short History of South-East Asia, now in its third updated edition, is written around that quote and is primarily for businessmen and other non-historians. The objective is that readers come away from reading each chapter with a "feel" for the history of the particular nation and a sense of how that might be relevant to their current and future business or other activities.

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