In German and Austrian ethnology, the idea of Southeast Asia as an area characterised by a striking quantity of socio-cultural commonalities dates back to the early years of the 20th century. At the same time, the imagination of other European and American scholars was captured by the overseas dependencies of their respective states.
Wade, Geoff and Li Tana (eds). 2012. Anthory Reid and the Study of the Southeast Asian Past. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. xv + 400 pages. ISBN: 978-981-4311-96-0 (paperback)