Southeast Asia

Lectures by Melanie Urban

Sample Lecture Topics

  • History and culture over 2,000 years, from the turn of the 1st millennium into the 21st century
  • Rise and fall of the early empires, including the Khmer at Angkor, Srivijaya centered on Sumatra and Java, Champa in central Viet Nam, and the Burmese at Bagan
  • Rise of new political states in the second millennium, including Siam and Viet Nam
  • Influences of India and China, artistic, religious, and political
  • International and intraregional commerce prior to the 15th century
  • Art, including sculpture and architecture
  • Technologies, including metalworking and ceramics
  • Belief systems, imported and indigenous
  • Spice trade and the coming of the Europeans in the 16th century
  • Colonization and its aftermath
  • Independence movements in the 20th century

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