Author(s): Arthur Cotterell
A History of Southeast Asia narrates the history of the region from earliest recorded times until today, covering present-day Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia and East Timor. Its scope is the whole of Southeast Asia and not just the mainland, which has in the past received undue emphasis possibly because of the Vietnam War. Water is the geographical cause of its unity and diversity, for even landlocked Laos has the Mekong as a means of communication. Part 1 - Early Southeast Asia (the earliest civilisations) Part 2 - Medieval Southeast (the colonial period) Part 3 - Modern Southeast (the present-day era, following the Pacific dimension of the Second World)
Arthur Cotterell was formerly principal of Kingston College, London. He has lived and travelled widely in Asia and Southeast Asia, and has devoted much of his life to writing on the region. In 1980, he published The First Emperor of China, whose account of Qin Shi Huangdi's remarkable reign was translated into seven languages. Among his recent books are Western Power in Asia: Its Slow Rise and Swift Fall 1415-1999, published in 2010, and described by The Japan Times as "three-dimensional historiography at its best"; and Asia: A Concise History, published in 2011.