Part II Southeast Asia
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Part II Southeast Asia book
This part of the book comprises chapters on Southeast Asian states. The Southeast Asian experience is even more diverse than the East Asian, and some have argued that its unity lies only in its diversity. Yet its history reveals some common features. For centuries, for example, the region has for the most part been sparsely populated, only in the past century or so attaining the current density. As a result, control over men was more significant than control over land, and it may be that the strength of patron-client relationships even today owes something to that past. Statebuilding was always a challenge, and in some respects regimes are still attempting to make modern states out of the colonial structures set up in all the area except Thailand.