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By Arthur Cotterell

The fundamental quantity at the heritage of maritime and mainland Southeast Asia from earliest recorded instances until eventually the current day by means of acclaimed historian Arthur Cotterell

A historical past of Southeast Asia narrates the historical past of the area from earliest recorded occasions till at the present time, protecting present-day Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia and East Timor. Its scope is the total of Southeast Asia and never simply the mainland, which has some time past acquired undue emphasis in all likelihood as a result of the Vietnam struggle. Water is the geographical explanation for its cohesion and variety, for even landlocked Laos has the Mekong as a way of communication.

Part 1 Early Southeast Asia (the earliest civilisations)
Part 2 Medieval Southeast (the colonial period)
Part three sleek Southeast (the present-day period, following the Pacific measurement of the second one international)

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The end of Sriksetra remains a mystery. A possibility is a raid in 832 from Nanzhou, a belligerent state in the present-day Chinese province of Yunnan. But 656 has been advanced as an earlier end-date: an inscription at Pagan suggests that Sriksetra ceased being the Pyu capital then. The abandonment of a capital was not an unusual event in Southeast Asia, as Angkor Wat notably demonstrates. It seems that in fact Sriksetra was destroyed during the reign of King Anawrahta, who did much to extend Pagan’s authority into Lower Burma.

They invaded Sri Lanka, sacked a number A procession depicted at Pagan 26 A History of Southeast Asia of neighbouring kingdoms, and launched seaborne raids as far away as the Indonesian archipelago. The first confrontation between the Cholas and the Srivijayans, whose Sumatra-based trading empire controlled the Straits of Malacca, may have taken place in 1017, to be followed by a bigger attack on Srivijayan ports in 1025. A third Chola offensive occurred in the 1070s. These expeditions are testimony of a formidable navy that turned the Bay of Bengal into a Chola lake, until overstretch allowed their enemies in India to eclipse the Cholas in the twelfth century.

Anawrahta received her with honour and installed Panchakalyani in the palace, until a courtier intimated that since her escort was so small, she 18 A History of Southeast Asia The appearance of Kyanzittha’s famous Ananda temple has changed little since its completion in 1105 early burma 19 could not be a true princess. Exiled to the remote village on the Chindwin river, she gave birth to the future king Kyanzittha. Whether or not Kyanzittha was the envoy’s son, he lived like a prince but with a much lower status than that accorded to the heir apparent, Anawrahta’s son Sawlu, whose mother may well have been Shan.

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