By P Boomgaard
Water, in its many guises, has continually performed a robust position in shaping Southeast Asian histories, cultures, societies, and economies. those essays characterize a large diversity of techniques to the examine of Southeast Asia with water because the valuable subject. because it was once uncovered to the ocean, the sector was once extra available to open air political, financial and cultural affects than many landlocked parts. easy accessibility via sea routes additionally encouraged alternate. notwithstanding, an identical easy accessibility made Southeast Asia susceptible to political keep an eye on via 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 via "water from heaven" within the kind of rain, flash floods, irrigation water, water in rivers, brooks, and swaps, water-driven strength crops, and pumped or piped water, as well as water as a service of sewage and toxins. eventually, the quantity bargains with the position of water in class platforms, ideals, myths, disorder, and therapeutic.
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17 L. Andaya 1993:1-2; see also on cloves in Ptak 1999; L. Andaya 2000; Pearson 1996 and 2003. 15 34 Heather Sutherland T’ang (618-907) and Song (960-1126) dynasties China’s markets drew traders from the west, including the newly emerging Muslim world. From the first millenium CE onwards, ‘true entrepôts’ developed in Southeast Asia. These centres of transshipment and commerce were strategically located, offered safe warehousing, food and water as well as access to supplies of commodities accumulated from local, regional and long-distance trade.
22 Ptak 1992:320; Souza 1987; Subrahmanyam 1993:208; Kathirithamby-Wells 1999:262-3. Geography as destiny? 37 new and profitable possibilities to harbours along their way. But the opposite was no doubt also true: port-polities able to provide a range of goods and services could draw business away from less well-managed rivals, who might actually have had a more advantageous location. All these contacts fuelled cultural exchange and stimulated innovation. The adaptation of elements from Indian religions by Southeast Asian elites is one of the best-known examples of this process.
Geography as destiny? 29 and deeper history in the region. One common point of departure, however, is the recognition that any understanding of Southeast Asia must begin with the geographic imperatives of location, water and wind. Geography The force of the constraints and opportunities that have helped form Southeast Asia can only be understood if the implications of its location are fully accepted. The region lies between the two great economic powers of Asia. Both India and China were vast and complex centres of production and consumption, generating a surplus of manufactured goods, such as ceramics, textiles and metalware, while offering a wealthy market for the exotics produced by the forests and seas of Southeast Asia, including foods, dyestuffs and medicines.
A world of water: rain, rivers and seas in Southeast Asian histories by P Boomgaard