The Newsletter 54 Summer 2010

Southeast Asia and the great powers

Ang Chen Guan

The latest offering from the prolific and much-respected historian, Nicholas Tarling, is an epilogue to his trilogy of books Imperialism in Southeast Asia (2001), Nationalism in Southeast Asia (2004) and Regionalism in Southeast Asia (2006). Tarling felt he had devoted too much space to the role of outside powers in Southeast Asia in the first two books and insufficient attention in the final book. This epilogue attempts to re-dress this balance and ‘examine what had interested great powers in the region in the past and what had involved them there’. (p.2)

Tarling, Nicholas. 2010. Southeast Asia and the Great Powers. London and New York: Routledge. 272 pages. ISBN: 978 0 415 55238 9

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