Southeast Asia History Resources

This bibliography for Southeast Asian history is by no means exhaustive. It focuses mostly on monographs and also includes ethnographies and other works that have an historical component. There is also a section for Aceh and North Sumatra since that is my area of interest. This is a running list that will continuously be updated. Please let me know if you have suggestions for other books to be added. Thanks!

Southeast Asia- General and Comparative
Aceh and North Sumatra
Indonesia
Timor-Leste
Singapore and the Malay World
Philippines
Vietnam
Cambodia
Laos
Thailand
Burma

 

Southeast Asia: General and Comparative

Andaya, B. W. The flaming womb : repositioning women in early modern Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2006.

Anderson, Benedict R. Imagined Communities : Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London; New York: Verso, 1991.

Anderson, Benedict R. The Spectre of Comparisons : Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World. London; New York: Verso, 1998.

Anderson, B. R. Under three flags : anarchism and the anti-colonial imagination. London; New York, NY: Verso, 2005.

Barter, Shane. Civilian Strategy In Civil War: Insights From Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. First edition. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Bastin, John Sturgus, and Harry Jindrich Benda. A History of Modern Southeast Asia: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Decolonization. Vol. 2. Sydney: Prentice-Hall of Australia, 1977.

Benda, Harry J. “The Structure of Southeast Asian History: Some Preliminary Observations.” In Continuity and Change in Southeast Asia: Collected Journal Articles of Harry J. Benda, 121-153. New Haven: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1972.

Benda, Harry Jindrich. Continuity and Change in Southeast Asia. Yale University Southeast Asia Studies. Monograph Series, No. 18. New Haven: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1972.

Boomgaard, Peter. Southeast Asia: An Environmental History. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABCCLIO, 2007.

Cœdès, G. The Indianized states of Southeast Asia (p. 403). Honolulu: East-West Center Press, 1968.

Duncan, C. R. Civilizing the Margins: Southeast Asian Government Policies for the Development of Minorities. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Gibson, Thomas, Islamic Narrative and Authority In Southeast Asia: From the 16th to the 21st Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Greenough, P., & Tsing, A. L. Nature in the Global South: Environmental Projects in South and Southeast Asia. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

Gullick, J. M. Adventures and Encounters: Europeans In South-East Asia. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Hall, Derek, Philip Hirsch, and Tania Li. Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas In Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2011.

Ho, Enseng. The graves of Tarim: genealogy and mobility across the Indian Ocean. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Kratoska, P. H. Locating Southeast Asia : geographies of knowledge and politics of space. Singapore; Athens: Singapore University Press ; Ohio University Press, 2005.

Lieberman, Victor B. Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, c. 800-1830. Studies in Comparative World History. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Lim, Patricia Pui Huen., James H Morrison, and Chong Guan Kwa. Oral History In Southeast Asia: Theory and Method. Singapore: National Archives of Singapore and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1998.

Lockard, Craig A. Southeast Asia in World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

McCoy, Alfred W. Southeast Asia Under Japanese Occupation. New Haven, CT: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1980.

Owen, Norman G. The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia : a New History. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2005.

Pepinsky, Thomas B. Economic Crises and the Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes: Indonesia and Malaysia In Comparative Perspective. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Reid, Anthony. Southeast Asia in the Early Modern Era : Trade, Power, and Belief. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1993.

Reid, Anthony. Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

Reid, A. Imperial alchemy : nationalism and political identity in Southeast Asia. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Ricklefs, M C. A History of Modern Indonesia Since C.1200. Vol. 4th. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2008.

Rosaldo, R. Cultural citizenship in island Southeast Asia: nation and belonging in the hinterlands. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Scott, James C. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. Yale Agrarian Studies Series. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Scott, James C. The moral economy of the peasant: rebellion and subsistence in Southeast Asia. Yale Univ Pr, 1976.

Sears, Laurie J., ed. Knowing Southeast Asian Subjects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.

Slater, Dan Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans In Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Smail, John R. W. “On the Possibility of an Autonomous History of Modern Southeast Asia.” Autonomous Histories, Particular Truths: Essays in Honor of John R. W. Smail, edited by Laurie J. Sears, 39-70. Madison: University of Wisconsin Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 1993.

Steinberg, David Joel. In Search of Southeast Asia; a Modern History. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971.

Tagliacozzo, E., & Chang, W.-C. Chinese circulations: capital, commodities, and networks in Southeast Asia. Durham N.C.: Duke University Press, 2011.

Vickers, Adrian. A History of Modern Indonesia. Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Wolters, O. W. Early Southeast Asia: Selected Essays. Edited by Craig J Reynolds. Ithaca, New York: Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2008.

Wolters, O. W. History, Culture and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives. Ithaca, N.Y.: Southeast Asia Publications, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 1999.

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Aceh and North Sumatra

Aspinall, E. Islam and nation: separatist rebellion in Aceh, Indonesia. Studies in Asian security. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2009.

Aspinall, Edward., and Harold A. Crouch. The Aceh Peace Process: Why it Failed. Washington, DC: East-West Center Washington, 2003.

Aspinall, Edward. The Helsinki Agreement: A More Promising Basis for Peace In Aceh?. Washington, DC: East-West Center Washington, 2005.

Bowen, John Richard, Muslims Through Discourse: Religion and Ritual In Gayo Society. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Bowen, John Richard. Sumatran politics and poetics: Gayo history, 1900-1989. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Breman, Jan. Taming the Coolie Beast: Plantation Society and the Colonial Order in Southeast Asia. Delhi ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Drexler, E. F. Aceh, Indonesia : securing the insecure state. Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

Feener, R. Michael. Shari’a and social engineering : the implementation of Islamic law in contemporary Aceh, Indonesia. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2013.

Feener, R. M., et al. Islamic connections: Muslim societies in South and Southeast Asia. ISEAS series on Islam. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009.

Feener, R. M., Daly, P. T., & Reid, A. (n.d.). Mapping the Acehnese past. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Vol. 268). Leiden: KITLV Press.

Hurgronje, C.S. The Achehnese,. Leyden; London: late E. J. Brill; Luzac & co, 1906.

Hurgronje, C.S. Het Gajōland en zijne bewoners. Batavia: Landsdrukkerij, 1903.

Iwabuchi, Akifumi. The people of the Alas Valley: a study of an ethnic group of Northern Sumatra. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994.

Kempees, J.C. De tocht van Overste van Daalen door de Gajo-, Alas- en Bataklanden, 8 Februari tot 23 Juli 1904. Amsterdam: J.C. Dalmeijer, 1905.

Kreemer, J. (n.d.). Atjèh ; algemeen samenvattend overzicht van land en volk van Atjèh en onderhoorigheden. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

McCarthy, John F. The fourth circle: a political ecology of Sumatra’s rainforest frontier. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 2006.

Miller, Michelle Ann. Rebellion and Reform In Indonesia: Jakarta’s Security and Autonomy Policies In Aceh. London: Routledge, 2009.

Reid, Anthony. An Indonesian Frontier: Acehnese and Other Histories of Sumatra. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2005.

Reid, Anthony. The Contest for North Sumatra; Atjeh, the Netherlands, and Britain, 1858-1898. Kuala Lumpur; New York: University of Malaya Press; Oxford University Press, 1969.

Reid, A. The blood of the people: revolution and the end of traditional rule in northern Sumatra. Kuala Lumpur, New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Reid, A. ed. Verandah of violence: the background to the Aceh problem. Singapore; Seattle: Singapore University Press; In association with University of Washington Press, 2006.

Siegel, James T. The Rope of God. Ann Arbor Paperbacks. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000.

Siegel, J. T. Fetish, recognition, revolution. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Siegel, James T., and Lam Rukam. Shadow and Sound: The Historical Thought of a Sumatran People. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Sjamsuddin, Nazaruddin. Revolusi Di Serambi Mekah: Perjuangan Kemerdekaan Dan Pertarungan Politik Di Aceh, 1945-1949. Cet. 1. Jakarta: Penerbit Universitas Indonesia, 1999.

Steedly, Mary Margaret. Hanging without a rope : narrative experience in Colonial and postcolonial Karoland. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Steedly, Mary Margaret. Rifle Reports : a Story of Indonesian Independence. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.

Stoler, Ann Laura. Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Stoler, Ann Laura. Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra’s Plantation Belt, 1870-1979. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Tagliacozzo, E. Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier, 1865-1915. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Veer, Paul van ‘t. Perang Aceh: Kisah Kegagalan Snouck Hurgronje. Cet. 1. Jakarta: Grafiti Pers, 1985.

Wiradnyana, Ketut and Taufiqurrahman Setiawan. Merangkai Identitas Gayo. Jakarta: Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia, 2011.

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Indonesia

Ammarell, Gene. Bugis Navigation. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1999.

Andaya, B. W. To live as brothers: southeast Sumatra in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawaii Press, 1993.

Andaya, L. Y. The world of Maluku : eastern Indonesia in the early modern period. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993.

Anderson, Benedict R. O’G. Violence and the State In Suharto’s Indonesia.Ithaca, N.Y.: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2001.

Anderson, B. R. Java in a time of revolution; occupation and resistance, 1944-1946. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1972.

Anderson, Benedict R O’G, Ruth Thomas McVey, and Frederick Philip Bunnell. A Preliminary Analysis of the October 1, 1965, Coup in Indonesia. Cornell University. Modern Indonesia Project. Interim Reports Series. Ithaca, N.Y.: Modern Indonesia Project, Cornell University, 1971.

Aspinall, Edward, and Geert Arend van Klinken. The State and Illegality In Indonesia.Leiden: KITLV Press, 2011.

Aspinall, Edward. Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance, and Regime Change In Indonesia. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2005.

Barnard, Timothy P. Multiple Centers of Authority: Society and Environment in Siak and Eastern Sumatra, 1674-1827. Verhandelingen van Het Koninklijk Instituut Voor Taal-, Land- En Volkenkunde. Vol. 210. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2003.

Bertrand, Jacques Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict In Indonesia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Bloembergen, Marieke, and Beverley Jackson. Colonial Spectacles: The Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies At the World Exhibitions, 1880-1931. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2006.

Blussé, Leonard. Strange Company: Chinese Settlers, Mestizo Women and the Dutch in Voc Batavia. Verhandelingen van Het Koninklijk Instituut Voor Taal-, Land- En Volken-Kunde. Vol. 122. Dordrecht, Holland ; Riverton, N.J.: Foris Publications, 1986.

Boomgaard, P, Freek Colombijn, and David Henley. Paper Landscapes: Explorations in the Environmental History of Indonesia. Verhandelingen van Het Koninklijk Instituut Voor Taal-, Land-, En Volkenkunde. Vol. 178. Leiden: KITLV Press, 1997.

Boomgaard, P., Frontiers of Fear: Tigers and People In the Malay World, 1600-1950. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Boomgaard, P. Southeast Asia: An Environmental History. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2007.

Budiman, Arief. State and civil society in Indonesia. Monash papers on Southeast Asia (Vol. 22, p. 538). Clayton, Vic., Australia: Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, Monash University, 1990.

Coedès, G., & Damais, L. Sriwijaya: history, religion & language of an early Malay polity : collected studies. Monograph of the Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Society (Vol. 20, p. 183). Kuala Lumpur: Mbras, 1992.

Cohen, Matthew Isaac. Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater In Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2006.

Collins, E. F. Indonesia Betrayed: How Development Fails. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.

Colombijn, F., & J. Roots of violence in Indonesia : contemporary violence in historical perspective. Leiden: KITLV, 2002.

Cribb, R. The Late Colonial State in Indonesia : Political and Economic Foundations of the Netherlands Indies, 1880-1942. Leiden: KITLV Press, 1994.

Cribb, R. B. Gangsters and revolutionaries: the Jakarta People’s Militia and the Indonesian revolution, 1945-1949. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1991.

Cribb, R. B., Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin. Wild Man From Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2014.

Dove, Michael. The Banana Tree at the Gate: a History of Marginal Peoples and Global Markets in Borneo. Yale Agrarian Studies Series. New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press, 2011.

Duncan, Christopher R. Violence and Vengeance: Religious Conflict and Its Aftermath In Eastern Indonesia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013.

Ellen, R. F. F. The development of anthropology and colonial policy in the Netherlands: 1800 – 1960. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 12(4), 303–324, 1976.

Elson, R. Village Java under the Cultivation System 1830-1870. SOJOURN, 1997.

Errington, James Joseph, Linguistics In a Colonial World: A Story of Language, Meaning, and Power. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2008.

Errington, James Joseph, Shifting Languages: Interaction and Identity In Javanese Indonesia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Florida, Nancy K. Writing the Past, Inscribing the Future: History As Prophecy In Colonial Java. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1995.

Formichi, Chiara. Islam and the Making of the Nation: Kartosuwiryo and Political Islam In Twentieth-Century Indonesia. Leiden: KITLV, 2012.

Ford, Michele and Thomas B Pepinsky. Beyond Oligarchy: Wealth, Power, and Contemporary Indonesian Politics. Ithaca, New York: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2014.

Frederick, William H. Visions and Heat : the Making of the Indonesian Revolution. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1989.

Furnivall, J.S. Netherlands India: A Study of Plural Economy. Cambridge [Eng.]: The University Press, 1944.

Geertz, Clifford. Agricultural Involution : the Process of Ecological Change in Indonesia. Berkeley, Calif.: Published for the Association of Asian Studies by University of California Press, 1963.

Geertz, Clifford. The Religion of Java. Glencoe, Ill.: Free Press, 1960.

Hadler, Jeffrey. Muslims and Matriarchs: Cultural Resilience In Indonesia Through Jihad and Colonialism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Hefner, Robert W. The Political Economy of Mountain Java : an Interpretive History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Hellwig, Tineke, and Eric Tagliacozzo. The Indonesia Reader : History, Culture, Politics. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

Henley, David.  Jealousy and Justice: The Indigenous Roots of Colonial Rule in Northern Sulawesi. Comarative Asian Studies. Vol. 22. Amsterdam: VU Uitgeverij, 2002.

Henley, D. Nationalism and regionalism in a colonial context: Minahasa in the Dutch East Indies. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Vol. 168, p. 186). Leiden: KITLV Press, 1996.

Honig, Pieter, and Frans Verdoorn. Science and Scientists In the Netherlands Indies. New York: Board for the Netherlands Indies, Surinam and Curaçao, 1945.

Kahin, Audrey. Regional dynamics of the Indonesian Revolution: unity from diversity. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1985.

Kahin, George. Nationalism and Revolution in Indonesia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1952.

Kahin, George. Subversion as foreign policy : the secret Eisenhower and Dulles debacle in Indonesia. New York: New Press, 1995.

Keurs, P.. Colonial collections revisitedMededelingen van het Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden 36: 269, 2007.

Kingsbury, Damien., and Harry Aveling. Autonomy and Disintegration In Indonesia. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

Laffan, Michael Francis, The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2011.

Laffan, Michael Francis, Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia: The Umma Below the Winds. London: Routledge Curzon, 2003.

Larasati, Rachmi Diyah. The Dance That Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction In Postgenocide Indonesia. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Li, T. M. Transforming the Indonesian Uplands. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1999.

Li, T. M. The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.

Locher-Scholten, Elsbeth, Sumatran Sultanate and Colonial State: Jambi and the Rise of Dutch Imperialism, 1830-1907. Ithaca, N.Y.: Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2003.

Lowe, Celia. Wild profusion : biodiversity conservation in an Indonesian archipelago. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006.

McRae, Dave A Few Poorly Organized Men: Interreligious Violence In Poso, Indonesia.Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2013.

McVey, Ruth T. The Social Roots of Indonesian Communism. Brussels: Centre d’étude du Sud-Est Asiatique et de l’Extreme Orient, 1970.

Mrazek, Rudolf. Engineers of Happy Land : Technology and Nationalism in a Colony. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2002.

Mrazek, Rudolf. Sjahrir : politics and exile in Indonesia. Ithaca, NY: Southeast Asia Program, Cornell Univ, 1994.

Nieuwenhuys, Robert. Tempo Doeloe : Fotografische Documenten Uit Het Oude Indië 1870-1914. [2. herziene druk]. Amsterdam: Em. Querido, 1973.

Peluso, Nancy Lee. Rich Forests, Poor People: Resource Control and Resistance in Java. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Pohlman, Annie Women, Sexual Violence and the Indonesian Killings of 1965-66. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.

Reid, Anthony. The Indonesian National Revolution, 1945-1950. Hawthorn, Vic.: Longman, 1974.

Robinson, Geoffrey. The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali. Asia, East by South. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Rutherford, Danilyn. Laughing At Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience In West Papua. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Rutherford, Danilyn. Raiding the Land of the Foreigners: [the Limits of the Nation On an Indonesian Frontier]. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Sears, Laurie Jo. Shadows of Empire: Colonial Discourse and Javanese Tales. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996.

Sidel, John. Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence In Indonesia. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2006.

Siegel, James T. Naming the Witch. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2006.

Siegel, James T. A New Criminal Type In Jakarta: Counter-Revolution Today. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998.

Siegel, James T. Fetish, Recognition, Revolution. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Siegel, James T. Solo In the New Order: Language and Hierarchy In an Indonesian City.Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1986.

Stoler, A. L. Capitalism and confrontation in Sumatra’s plantation belt, 1870-1979. Ann Arbor, Mich: The University of Michigan Press, 1995.

Stoler, A. L. Carnal knowledge and imperial power: race and the intimate in colonial rule. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Stoler, A. L. Along the archival grain : epistemic anxieties and colonial common sense. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009.

Tagliacozzo, E. The longest journey : Southeast Asians and the pilgrimage to Mecca. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Tajima, Yuhki. The Institutional Origins of Communal Violence: Indonesia’s Transition From Authoritarian Rule. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Taylor, Jean Gelman. The Social World of Batavia: European and Eurasian in Dutch Asia. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983.

Tsing, A. L. In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Marginality in an Out-of-the-Way Place. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Tsing, A. L. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Vickers, A. A history of modern Indonesia. Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

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Timor-Leste

Robinson, Geoffrey. “If you leave us here, we will die”: how genocide was stopped in East Timor. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.

Taylor, John G. Indonesia’s forgotten war: the hidden history of East Timor. London: Zed Books, 1991.

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Singapore, Malaysia, and the Malay World

Barnard, Timothy P. Nature Contained: Environmental Histories of Singapore. Singapore: NUS Press, 2014.

Barnard, Timothy P. Contesting Malayness: Malay identity across boundaries. Singapore: Singapore University Press, National University of Singapore, 2004.

Barnard, Timothy P. Multiple Centers of Authority: Society and Environment In Siak and Eastern Sumatra, 1674-1827. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2003.

Boomgaard, Peter. Frontiers of fear : tigers and people in the Malay world, 1600-1950. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Chew, Daniel. Chinese Pioneers on the Sarawak Frontier, 1841-1941. South-East Asian Historical Monographs. Singapore ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Cheah, Boon Kheng. The Peasant Robbers of Kedah, 1900-1929: Historical and Folk Perceptions. East Asian Historical Monographs. Singapore ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Cramb, R. A. “Explaining Variations in Bornean Land Tenure: The Iban Case.” Ethnology, 28(4), 277–300, 1989.

Davidson, Jamie Seth From Rebellion to Riots: Collective Violence On Indonesian Borneo.Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.

Doolittle, Amity. Property & Politics in Sabah, Malaysia : Native Struggles over Land Rights. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005.

Hirschman, C. “The making of race in colonial Malaya: Political economy and racial ideology.” Sociological Forum, Vol. 1, pp. 330–361, 1986.

Kathirithamby-Wells, J. Nature and Nation: Forests and Development In Peninsular Malaysia. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2005.

Nonini, Donald Macon. British Colonial Rule and the Resistance of the Malay Peasantry, 1900-1957. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1992.

Ong, A. Spirits of resistance and capitalist discipline: factory women in Malaysia. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010.

Ong, A. Buddha is hiding: refugees, citizenship, the new America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Ong, A. Flexible citizenship: the cultural logics of transnationality. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1999.

Saunders, Graham E. A history of Brunei. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Scott, J. C. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Stubbs, Richard Hearts and Minds In Guerrilla Warfare: The Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Tarling, Nicholas. Piracy and Politics in the Malay World; a Study of British Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century South-East Asia. Melbourne: F. W. Cheshire, 1963.

Tarling, Nicholas. Britain, the Brookes, and Brunei. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1971.

Warren, James Francis. The Sulu Zone: The World Capitalist Economy and the Historical Imagination. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1998.

Warren, James. Rickshaw Coolie: A People’s History of Singapore, 1880-1940. Singapore; New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Willford, Andrew C. Cage of Freedom: Tamil Identity and the Ethnic Fetish In Malaysia. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.

Yen, Ching-hwang. A Social History of the Chinese in Singapore and Malaya, 1800-1911. Singapore; New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

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Philippines

Abinales, P. N Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao In the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State. Quezon City: ADMU Press, 2000.

Anderson, Benedict. Under Three Flags : Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination. London; New York, NY: Verso, 2005.

Conklin, Harold C., Joel Corneal Kuipers, and Ray McDermott. Fine Description: Ethnographic and Linguistic Essays. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 2007.

Conklin, Harold C., Puggūwon Lupāih, and Miklos Pinther. Ethnographic Atlas of Ifugao: A Study of Environment, Culture, and Society In Northern Luzon. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980.

Conklin, Harold C. Hanunóo agriculture; a report on an integral system of shifting cultivation in the Philippines. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1957.

Ileto, Reynaldo C. Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1979.

Kerkvliet, Benedict J. The Huk Rebellion: A Study of Peasant Revolt in the Philippines. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

McCoy, Alfred W. Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.

McKenna, Thomas M. Muslim Rulers and Rebels: Everyday Politics and Armed Separatism In the Southern Philippines. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Paredes, Oona A Mountain of Difference: The Lumad In Early Colonial Mindanao. Ithaca, New York: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2013.

Rafael, V.L. The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines. Duke University Press Books, 2005.

Rafael, Vicente L White Love and Other Events In Filipino History. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.

Rafael, Vicente L, ed. Discrepant Histories: Translocal Essays On Filipino Cultures. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995.

Rafael, Vicente L Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion In Tagalog Society Under Early Spanish Rule. 1st pbk. ed. Durham: Duke University Press, 1993.

Rosaldo, Renato. Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974: a Study in Society and History. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1980.

Warren, James Francis. The Sulu Zone: The World Capitalist Economy and the Historical Imagination. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1998.

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Vietnam

Biggs, David A. Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature In the Mekong Delta. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010.

Chapman, Jessica M. Cauldron of Resistance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and 1950s Southern Vietnam. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013.

Giebel, Christoph. Imagined Ancestries of Vietnamese Communism: Ton Duc Thang and the Politics of History and Memory. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.

Hardy, Andrew Red Hills: Migrants and the State In the Highlands of Vietnam. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2003.

Harms, Erik. Saigon’s Edge: On the Margins of Ho Chi Minh City.Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Kwon, Heonik, Ghosts of War In Vietnam. Cambridge [U.K.]: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Li, Tana. Nguyễn Cochinchina: Southern Vietnam In the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Ithaca, N.Y.: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 1998.

Logevall, Fredrik. Embers of War : the Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam. New York: Random House, 2012.

Logevall, Fredrik. The origins of the Vietnam War. Harlow, England: Longman, 2001.

Logevall, Fredrik. Choosing war : the lost chance for peace and the escalation of war in Vietnam. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Marr, David G. Vietnamese Anticolonialism, 1885-1925. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971.

McElwee, Pamela., and Michael M. Horowitz. Environment and Society In the Lower Mekong Basin: A Landscaping Review. Binghamton, NY: Institute for Development Anthropology, 1999.

Murray, Dian H. Pirates of the South China Coast, 1790-1810. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1987.

Race, Jeffrey War Comes to Long An: Revolutionary Conflict In a Vietnamese Province.Updated and expanded. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Tai, Hue-Tam Ho, and Mark Sidel. State, Society and the Market In Contemporary Vietnam. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Taylor, Keith Weller. A History of the Vietnamese. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Taylor, K. Weller. The birth of Vietnam. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.

Zinoman, Peter. The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

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Cambodia

Chandler, David. A History of Cambodia. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2008.

Chandler, David P Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot. Rev. ed. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1999.

Chandler, David P The Tragedy of Cambodian History: Politics, War, and Revolution Since 1945. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Chandler, David P and Ben Kiernan. Revolution and Its Aftermath In Kampuchea: Eight Essays. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1983.

Chandler, David P, Ben Kiernan, and Muy Hong Lim. The Early Phases of Liberation In Northwestern Cambodia: Conversations with Peang Sophi. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University, 1977.

Derks, Annuska. Khmer Women On the Move: Exploring Work and Life In Urban Cambodia.Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2008.

Edwards, Penny. Cambodge: The Cultivation of a Nation, 1860-1945. Southeast Asia–Politics, Meaning, and Memory. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2007.Jackson, Karl D Cambodia, 1975-1978: Rendezvous with Death. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989.

Kiernan, Ben. How Pol Pot Came to Power: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Communism in Cambodia, 1930-1975. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.

Lee, Susan Hagood “rice Plus”: Widows and Economic Survival In Rural Cambodia. New York: Routledge, 2006.

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Laos

Evans, Grant. Short History of Laos: The Land in Between. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm Books, 2002.

Stuart-Fox, Martin. A History of Laos. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Walker, Andrew. The Legend of the Golden Boat: Regulation, Trade and Traders in the Borderlands of Laos, Thailand, China, and Burma. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999.

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Thailand

Akira, Suehiro. Capital Accumulation in Thailand. Chiangmai: Silkworm, 1996.

Anderson, Benedict R. O’G. “Studies of the Thai State: The State of Thai Studies.” In The Study of Thailand. Eliezer B. Ayal, ed. Ohio: Ohio U. Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Series No. 54, 1978: 193-247.

Bowie, Katherine. Rituals of National Loyalty. New York: Columbia U. Press, 1997.

Brown, Ian. “Economic Thought in Early Twentieth Century Siam,” in Manas Chitakasem and Andrew Turton, eds., Thai Constructions of Knowledge. London: SOAS, 1991: 84-98.

Hill, Ann Maxwell. Merchants and Migrants : Ethnicity and Trade Among Yunnanese Chinese in Southeast Asia. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1998.

Ivarsson, Soren and Lotte Isager, eds., Saying the Unsayable: Monarchy and Democracy in Thailand. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2010.

Johnson, Andrew Alan, Ghosts of the New City: Spirits, Urbanity, and the Ruins of Progress In Chiang Mai. Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2014.

Jonsson, Hjorleifur. Mien Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailand. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2005.

Jory, Patrick. “Problems in Contemporary Thai Nationalist Historiography,” Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia 3 (March 2003). http://kyotoreview.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/issue/issue2/index.html

Loos, Tamara Lynn. Subject Siam: Family, Law, and Colonial Modernity in Thailand. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006.

McCargo, Duncan. Mapping National Anxieties: Thailand’s Southern Conflict. Copenhagen: NIAS, 2012.

McCargo, Duncan. Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy In Southern Thailand. Ithaca [N.Y.]: Cornell University Press, 2008.

McCargo, Duncan (ed).Rethinking Thailand’s Southern Violence. Singapore: NUS Press, 2007.

McDaniel, Justin. The Lovelorn Ghost & the Magical Monk. NY: Columbia U. Press, 2011.

McDaniel, Justin. Gathering Leaves & Lifting Words: Histories of Buddhist Monastic Education In Laos and Thailand. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.

Nidhi Eoseewong. Pen and Sail: Literature and History in Early Bangkok. Chiangmai: Silkworm, 2005 [1982].

Pasuk and Baker, A History of Thailand. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 2009.

Rabibhadana, Akin.  The Organization of Thai Society in the early Bangkok Period, 1782-1873. SEAP Data Paper No. 74, 1969.

Reynolds, Craig. Seditious Histories: Contesting Thai and Southeast Asian Pasts. Seattle: University of Washington Press; Singapore: In association with Singapore University Press, 2006.

Skinner, G. William. The Chinese in Thailand: An Analytical History. Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1957.

Tapp, Nicholas. Sovereignty and Rebellion: The White Hmong of Northern Thailand. Bangkok: White Lotus, 2005.

Thak Chaloemtiarana. Thailand, the Politics of Despotic Paternalism. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2007.

Thongchai Winichakul. Siam Mapped : a History of the Geo-Body of a Nation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994.

Thongchai Winichakul, “Remembering/Silencing the Traumatic Past: The Ambivalent Memories of the October 1976 Massacre in Bangkok,” in Shigeharu Tanabe and Charles F. Keyes, eds. Cultural Crisis and Social Memory. Honolulu: U. of Hawaii Press, 2002, 243-283.

Wilson, Ara. The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City. Berkeley: U. of California Press, 2004.

Wyatt, David K. Studies In Thai History: Collected Articles. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm Books, 1994.

Wyatt, David K. Siam In Mind. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2002.

Wyatt, David K. Thailand: A Short History. 2nd ed. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2003.

Yoshinori, Nishizaki. Political Authority and Provincial Identity in Thailand: the Making of Banharn-Buri. Ithaca: SEAP Pubs., 2011.

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Burma

Adas, Michael. The Burma Delta: Economic Development and Social Change on an Asian Rice Frontier, 1852-1941. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1974.

Baird, Ian G. “Millenarian movements in southern Laos and North Eastern Siam (Thailand) at the turn of the twentieth century: Reconsidering the involvement of the Champassak Royal House.” South East Asia Research 21.2, 257-­‐79, 2013.

Callahan, Mary P. Making Enemies : War and State Building in Burma. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Charney, Michael W. A History of Modern Burma. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Feng, Hanyi and Shryock, J.K. “The historical origins of the Lolo.” HJAS 3.2 (1938), 103-­‐127.

Fiskesjö, Magnus. “On the ‘Raw’ and the ‘Cooked’ Barbarians of Imperial China.” Inner Asia 1.2 (1999): 139-­‐68.

Fiskesjö, Magnus. “Mining, history, and the anti-state Wa: the politics of autonomy between Burma and China.” Journal of Global History 5(02): 241-264, 2010.

Friedman, Jonathan. System, structure, and contradiction: the evolution of “Asiatic” social formations. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1998.

Harrell, Stevan. “Nuosu history and culture.” In Stevan Harrell, Ways of being ethnic in Southwest China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001, 81-­‐103.

Harrell, Stevan. “The history of the history of the Yi.” In Stevan Harrell, ed. Cultural Encounters on China’s Ethnic Frontiers. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995, 63-­‐91.

Harrell, Stevan and Li Yongxiang. “The History of the History of the Yi, Part II.” Modern China 29.3 (2003), 362-­‐96.

Leach, Edmund Ronald. Political Systems of Highland Burma; a Study of Kachin Social Structure. London School of Economics. Monographs on Social Anthropology, No. 44. London: Athlone Press, 1954.

Lehman, F. K. (Chit Hlaing). The Structure of Chin Society. A Tribal People of Burma Adapted to a Non-­‐ Western Civilization. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Illinois Studies in Anthropology 3, 1963.

Sadan, Mandy. Being and becoming Kachin: histories beyond the state in the borderworlds of Burma. Oxford : Published for The British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2013.

Scott, James C. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Walton, Matthew J, and Susan Hayward. Contesting Buddhist Narratives: Democratization, Nationalism, and Communal Violence In Myanmar. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center, 2014.

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2 thoughts on “Southeast Asia History Resources

  1. Scott Downey

    What a great list! A few of my particular favourites were absent, namely:

    1. Leonard Andaya: Leaves of the Same Tree (2008) (ethnicity and identity in SE Asia)
    2. Max Lane: Unfinished Nation – Indonesia Before and After Suharto (2008) (insightful reflections on Suharto’s New Order and modern Indonesian history, from the translator of Pram’s buru quartet into English)
    3. Alfred Russel Wallace: The Malay Archipelago (1869) (Wallace’s classic travelogue from his extensive travels in Singapore-Malaysia and (chiefly) Indonesia. The annotated edition put out by NUS last year is especially nice).
    4. Stephen Leather – Private Dancer (a short, intelligent novel which discusses the many cultural misunderstandings that can derail the plans of Western men seeking love in Thailand).
    5. James Sneddon: Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian (2006) (indispensable for anybody looking to learn colloquial Indonesian)

    This list might be more user-friendly with some sub-categorization and short explanations of the merits of each book for the reader 🙂

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    1. mattminarchek Post author

      Thank you for the recommendations and for visiting my site. I hope to spend time in the future organizing these works and offering annotations, but for now my time is limited. I will look into your recs — I know of 1-3, but not 4 and 5. You’re correct that the new version of Wallace from NUS is excellent. I really enjoyed the way they put it together. Cheers!

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