By P Boomgaard
Water, in its many guises, has regularly performed a robust position in shaping Southeast Asian histories, cultures, societies, and economies. those essays signify a vast diversity of ways to the learn of Southeast Asia with water because the important subject. because it was once uncovered to the ocean, the area was once extra available to outdoors political, financial and cultural affects than many landlocked components. quick access via sea routes additionally inspired alternate. although, an identical easy accessibility made Southeast Asia susceptible to political regulate by way of powerful outsiders. the ocean is, additionally, a resource of nutrition, but additionally of many dangers. whilst, Southeast Asian societies and cultures are faced with and permeated by way of "water from heaven" within the type of rain, flash floods, irrigation water, water in rivers, brooks, and swaps, water-driven energy crops, and pumped or piped water, as well as water as a provider of sewage and pollutants. ultimately, the amount bargains with the position of water in class structures, ideals, myths, disorder, and therapeutic.
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Water has been a decisive factor in Southeast Asia’s historical development in a number of ways, many of which are discussed elsewhere in this volume, but our focus here is upon the impact of water-borne commerce. Over thousands of years, Asian waters have been much traveled, and it has often been suggested that the central dynamic of Southeast Asian history is to be found in the interaction between peoples, primarily through trade: down the rivers, along the coasts, across the seas and oceans.
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A world of water: rain, rivers and seas in Southeast Asian histories by P Boomgaard