Introduction: Michael Arthur Aung-Thwin and Kenneth R. Hall
Varieties of subject, commonalities of thought The chapters in this volume show considerable variety as well as distinct commonalities. They vary chronologically, ranging from the early (“classical cum post-classical”), the “early modern,” and the “modern” periods. Geographically, they stretch from Western, Central, and Eastern Mainland Southeast Asia (and adjacent regions) to the Eastern Archipelago of maritime Southeast Asia. Topically, they range from literacy and commerce in Vietnam to rebellion in Myanmar, American myths about the Tet Offensive to the role played by Chinese fi rearms in Southeast Asia, trade and commerce in the maritime regions to irrigated agriculture in the great in-land river valleys of the Mainland.