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HIST3372 History of Modern Southeast Asia

Semester 1 (2021-2022)

Lecture TimeMonday 2:30pm - 4:15pm

VenueELB 403

LanguageEnglish

Lecturer LEE Hiu Hong Michael

Course Description

This course focuses on the historical development of Southeast Asia since the coming of European powers with special reference from the nineteenth century. It examines and discusses how the historical development of the Southeast Asian region had been affected by colonialism, nationalism, communism, and regionalism. Certain specific themes like modernization, the legacy of Japanese occupation, and the process of nation-building in Southeast Asia will also be discussed.

Syllabus

Lecture

Date

Topics & Required Readings

 

1

6 Sep

Introduction: Understanding Southeast Asian History

 

P. Kratoska, R. Raben & H. Nordbolt, “Locating Southeast Asia”, in P. Kratoska, R. Raben & H. Nordbolt (Eds.), Locating Southeast Asia: Geographies of Knowledge and Politics of Space. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2005, pp. 1-19.

 

(Suggested reading for the first week.)

 

2

13 Sep

Coming of Colonial Powers

 

C. Lockard, “‘The Sea Common to All’: Maritime Frontiers, Port Cities, and Chinese Traders in the Southeast Asian Age of Commerce, ca. 1400-1750.” Journal of World History, 21 (2), 2010, pp. 219-247.

 

3

20 Sep

Colonial Intrusion

 

C. Lockard, Southeast Asia in World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 93-134.

 

4

28 Sep

Impacts of Colonialism

 

T. Winichakul & E. Tagliacozzo, “Gradations of Colonialism in Southeast Asia’s ‘in-between’ Places”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 36-45.

 

5

4 Oct

Changes of Southeast Asian Societies and Economies

 

I. Brown, “Colonial Capitalism and Economic Transformation”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 155-164.

 

A. Kuar, “Migrant Labor and Welfare in Southeast Asia”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 165-176.

 

6

11 Oct

Rise of Nationalism

 

P. Zionman, “Colonizing Minds and Bodies: Schooling in Colonial Southeast Asia”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 46-54.

 

N. Owen, “Nationalism and Other Impulses of the Colonial Era”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 55-64.

 

7

18 Oct

Pacific War: Southeast Asia and Japan

 

P. Kratoska, “Southeast Asia from the Japanese Occupation to Independence”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 65-74.

 

8

25 Oct

Towards Independence

 

M. Ricklefs et al., A New History of Southeast Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 318-362.

 

9

1 Nov

The Cold War in Southeast Asia

 

S. Quinn-Judge, “The Cold War in Southeast Asia”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 86-95.

 

10

8 Nov

Regional Conflicts in Southeast Asia

 

S. Tonnesson, “War and Peace between Nations since 1945”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 86-107.

 

J. Roosa, “Separatism, Civil War, and Genocide: Conflicts within Nations”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 108-118.

 

11

 

15 Nov

Regional Cooperation and ASEAN 50

 

K. Mahbubani & J. Sng, The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace. Singapore: NUS Press, 2017, pp. 48-75, 177-206.

 

12

22 Nov

The Rise of Southeast Asian Developmental States

 

A. Booth, “Contemporary Capitalism and the Rise of the ‘Tigers'”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 177-187.

 

E. Headman, “Authoritarianism and Democracy”, in N. Owen (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 119-129.

 

13

30 Nov

 

Conclusion

 

 

Assessment & Assignments

Tutorials: 25 Marks

There are four tutorial sessions, which according to the department’s policy are compulsory. Students will be divided into groups to make one presentation based on the assigned readings. The mark distribution of this component comprises 17 marks for Presentation Performance, and 8 marks for Participation (including Comments and Discussion). Please note that 6 marks will be deducted for being absent from one tutorial session (i.e. 12 marks to be deducted for being absent from two tutorial sessions, and so on).

 

Tutorial 1: How did Southeast Asia change under Western powers’ colonial rule?

Lectures 3 & 4 readings

 

Tutorial 2: Was the rise of nationalism in Southeast Asia a result of the influx of new ideas?

Lecture 6 readings

  1. Reid, A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads. Malden and Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015, pp. 295-318.

 

Tutorial 3: To what extent World War II was a turning point for Southeast Asian region?

Lecture 7 reading

  1. Reid, A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads. Malden and Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015, pp. 319-346.

 

Tutorial 4: Was the independence of Southeast Asian countries inevitable in the post-World War II period?

Lecture 8 reading

 

Tutorial Review Essay: 25 Marks

Write a review essay with 2,000-2,500 words based on the reading materials assigned for tutorial presentation. The submission deadline is 14 days from the assigned presentation.

 

Take-Home Exam: 50 Marks

Students will be allowed around two weeks to write an essay in English with around 4,000-4,500 words in response to one of a few questions to be announced during the second last lecture, when more details such as submission date and methods will be provided.

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/.

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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