History 381 (101) Imperialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia


E. Liao



Course Level



The history of European imperial rule, the forms of resistance to it, and the formation of nationalist movements in Southeast Asia. The countries studied include Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. As the course coincides with Singapore’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of its founding as a colonial port by the British East India Company, one week would be devoted to interrogating how some Southeast Asian nation-states integrated their colonial pasts into their national histories, identities and imaginations.

No prior knowledge of Southeast Asia is expected. The course will be relevant to students of Asia, Southeast Asia, and colonialism. Students will also be exposed to working with primary documents, literary works, and films related to Southeast Asian history.