chapter  8
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“1620,” a cautionary tale: Michael Vickery


I offer this modest contribution to John Whitmore, thinking with pleasure of the intellectual atmosphere in Southeast Asian studies at Yale during the time I worked there in 1967-1970 preparing my PhD. The Asian studies faculty where John offered courses in Southeast Asian history was open to new ideas and interpretations, which permitted me to propose and conclude a thesis topic which had long been considered impossible to achieve, and which would have excluded me from at least one other of the better-known Southeast Asian programs.