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Christoph Giebel
HSTAS 462
Seattle Campus

Southeast Asian History to 1800

Absorption and modification of cultures (Indian and Chinese), religions (Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism), and peoples (northern European) by island- and mainland-Southeast Asians. Main themes are cultural contact and the growth of states and peoples.

Class description

Absorption and modification of cultures (Indian and Chinese) and religions (Islam, Buddhism, and Catholicism), as well as interactions with peoples (Chinese and European) by island­ and mainland Southeast Asians. Main themes are cultural contact and the growth of states, peoples, and trade networks. Classes will be geared towards active learning and conducted in a combination of lecture and discussion.

Student learning goals

Know broad outline of pre-modern and early modern Southeast Asian history.

Familiarity with major themes, states, and cultures in these histories.

Ability to critically assess the variety of material and textual evidence.

Assess changing methodologies and emphases in English-language historiography of pre- and early modern Southeast Asia.

Situate early Western expansionism within Southeast Asian developments.

Understand pre-modern roots of modern Southeast Asia.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus. No final exam.

As per syllabus.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christoph Giebel
Date: 02/03/2009