SEAS 452 - History of Late-Colonial Southeast Asia
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS)
Department: LSA II: SE Asian Studies
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This course explores the history of Southeast Asia (Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, East Timor, Brunei, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos) from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. This was a period of profound social, cultural, and political change, as scattered trading empires and local kingdoms gave way to expansive colonial states ruled by the Western powers of Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States. This course will explore the many changes that accompanied this period of transition, including in the realms of politics, religion, economics, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, environment, science and technology, health and medicine, and migration. It will also examine the emergence of anticolonial nationalist movements in the first half of the 20th century. Lastly, while intended to increase students’ knowledge of the history of Southeast Asia during the late colonial period, this course also attempts to treat Southeast Asia as a vantage point from which to explore various themes of global interaction and exchange. This course prepares students for HIST 453: History of Postcolonial Southeast Asia.

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This course will combine survey lectures with close readings and discussions of important primary and secondary texts. Course requirements include regular participation in class discussion, a midterm exam, two book reviews (3-4 pages), and a brief final research paper (8-10 pages). Students will be required to purchase no more than 3 books. All other readings will be made available online.

SEAS 452 - History of Late-Colonial Southeast Asia
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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