Tuesday, July 30, 2013
HIST 6641.10 Modern Southeast Asia
This course centers on the modern transformation of Southeast Asia from the mid-18th century to the end of the 1970s, with some attention paid to contemporary issues as well. This course attempts, in comparative fashion, to explore the dynamics of nationalism, revolution, state formation, and social change in mainland, maritime, and upland Southeast Asia. The course will also touch on a host of other themes: the changing character of the state, the impact of colonial rule, ethnic relations, decolonization and war, the postcolonial world, war and violence, and economic transformations.
This will be a reading seminar that does not presume a background in Southeast Asian studies. Readings address developments in the major countries of the region.
Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
Shawn McHale is a leading scholar of Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Born in Malaysia, he has lived ten years of his life in Southeast Asia. He has a PhD in Southeast Asian history from Cornell University, and has received numerous awards, including two Fulbright-Hays fellowships. McHale has written broadly on Southeast Asian and Vietnamese culture, history, and contemporary politics. He has lectured in North America, Europe, and Asia. His scholarship has appeared in English, Vietnamese, and French. He is currently working on a book on the First Indochina War (1945-54). Among his recent publications is "Ethnicity, Violence, and Khmer-Vietnamese Relations: the Significance of the Lower Mekong Delta, 1757-1954," Journal of Asian Studies (May 2013).