Thoughts on: โ€˜Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introductionโ€™

After my fast I got sick with the flue. This was by the time I finished the Death of Expertise and I wanted to fill my time with something short, sweet and different before continuing through my To-Read-Pile.

Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction is delivers on its name. Itโ€™s a concise history of the cultural hotpot of countries that we all call Southeast Asia.

The books takes us from the time of kingdoms, to the era of colonization, onward to todayโ€™s nation states.


– Brunei ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ

– Burma ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

– Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

– East Timor ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑ

– Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ

– Laos ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

– Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

– the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

– Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

– Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ

-Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ


* Buddhism

* Islam

* Christianity

* Confucianism

๐Ÿ’ฅ ACTION: Read up on the Thmer Rouge If Cambodia. Any book recommendations?

I donโ€™t think you could do a better job at condensing the history of an area as vast and dynamic as Southeast Asia. Itโ€™s bigger than Europe for Europe for one. The problem is that the text can get very dense with names, year and places. But just chill, and youโ€™ll come out of this one with a better understanding of the world.

โ‰๏ธ What Southeast Asian countries have your visited?

Now I want to go travelling! ๐Ÿ˜Š


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