ISBN-13 : 9781760291686
ISBN-10 : 1760291684
Language : English
Published : 2016-07-01
Pages : 376
The first edition of Southeast Asia: An introductory history was published in 1979 and immediately filled a need for travellers and students interested in a tantalisingly different part of the world. Subsequent editions (translated into Japanese, Khmer, Korean and Thai) have continued to document with great perception the enormous changes and dramatic growth experienced in the region. Dr Milton Osborne has been a resident, student and fascinated observer of Southeast Asia for over 50 years. This familiarity has resulted in a highly readable and lively chronicle. While giving due regard to the early history of the region, Osborne concentrates on the changes that have taken place since the eighteenth century: the impact of colonial rule, economic transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries, the emergence and triumph of the independence movements, the impact of social change and the pivotal roles played by religion, ethnic minorities and immigrant groups. He also provides an introduction to the art of the region and a comprehensive guide to literature about Southeast Asia. Clearly written and extensively illustrated this twelfth edition of Southeast Asia: An introductory history remains a classic in the field. ‘While deepening our understanding of Southeast Asia, this fine introduction reminds us of the importance of history itself. ‘ – Anthony Milner, Basham Professor of Asian History, Australian National University
ISBN-13 : 9781760291686
“If Heaven had not given birth to Confucius (alias Zhong Ni), the ages would have been a long, long night.” Confucius was a man who truly believed in learning, and he himself pursued learning all his life. He was convinced that learning was for the purpose of serving the government and, ultimately, serving the people. Confucius was also a dedicated educator who taught everyone without discrimination. Unable to reinstate li in the governance of his homeland, he ignored convention by teaching privately so that his learning could be passed on. It is said that Confucius had over 3,000 students. He was revered in later ages as the “Sage Teacher”. He wrote the noteworthy Spring and Autumn Annals and compiled many other notable works. Most importantly, he was a great thinker. During his life, he worked to reform and create a peaceful world. Today his thinking, known as Confucianism, is still a great source of inspiration for many people.
Unveil the secrets of the Chinese palace. Learn about behind-the-scenes-and-screens intrigues of the various dynasties of China in the great halls and buildings of the palace complex. Meet the occupants of the palace: the emperors, empresses, imperial concubines and siblings, eunuchs and many others, and find out how the notable ones altered the course of history.
He ended the Warring States Period. He unified China. He created the mammoth Great Wall. He standardised the Chinese written script. He had roads and carts standardised across the land, way before the modern concept of mass production was born. But he also did many things that would send shivers down your spine. He is none other than Qin Shihuang, the visionary First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Synonymous with the Qin Dynasty, Qin Shihuang was able to set up this empire by building upon the firm foundation laid by his illustrious ancestors. In reality, he consolidated their efforts and completed their work. Unfortunately, due to Qin Shihuang’s oppressive rule, the Qin Dynasty fell apart just four years after his death. Nevertheless, its influence far outshines its own 14-year existence. Therefore, knowledge of this dynasty is crucial to understanding China and her cultural tradition.
We know him best as the founder of modern Singapore. He was instrumental in bringing about the island’s development into a free port. Yet, how much else do we know of the life of Sir Stamford Raffles? And what of his other achievements? For instance, few are aware of the following:
- He was from a poor family and had to leave school after just two years of study.
- At a young’s age, he became the main breadwinner for the family.
- He learnt to speak Malay at a time when few other English officials could speak the language.
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