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The Art and Architecture of Thailand

From Prehistoric Times through the Thirteenth Century


Hiram Woodward

Written sources on Thai history are scarce. It took Hiram Woodward many years of painstaking archaeological and art-historical research to finally piece together this first ever comprehensive survey work on the art and architecture of Thailand from the earliest times until the establishment of the Thai-speaking kingdoms.
The book, organized geographically and chronologically, covers four eras: the prehistoric period; the period characterized by the culture of the kingdom of Dvaravati; the centuries of Khmer dominance; and, as classical Khmer civilization waned, the period of the struggle for identity.
A systematic and elucidating history of pre-fourteenth-century Thailand in a volume indispensable to historians of art, religion, politics, and society.


Edited by Tim Bunnell, Lisa Drummond and Ho

Critical Reflections draws together the multi-disciplinary research of scholars working in/on cities across Southeast Asia. The fourteen essays collected in the volume are organised into three thematic sections: (re)conceptualisation, competition and intervention. Collectively, these reflections contribute to and interrogate the expanding urban and regional studies literature. The volume constitutes a critical corrective to the existing literature which all-too-often seeks to diagnose contemporary urban trends everywhere from a small number of, mostly Western, "paradigmatic cases". Yet, while acknowledging the increasing interconnectedness and shared global orientation of most cities in Southeast Asia, the volume is wary of positing an equally generalising regional model. Individually, these essays attend to the diversity of contemporary urban experiences in Southeast Asia.

Fridus Steijlen

(Bat-Erdene Batbayar) Baabar

Edited by C. Kaplonski

This is the first history of Mongolia available in English which benefits from access to historic data that only became available following the collapse of the socialist regime in 1990. Accordingly, it highlights the role of international politics, especially the former Soviet Union, Russia, China and Japan, in the shaping of modern Mongolia’s history. The volume actually comprises three ‘books’. Book One, entitled 'The Steppe Warriors', offers a history of Mongolia up to the 1911 revolution; Book Two, entitled ‘Incarnations and Revolutionaries’ addresses political developments in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1920s); Book Three, entitled ‘A Puppet Republic’ provides an in-depth analysis of the 1920s and 30s, concluding with the 1939 Haslhyn Gol Incident, The Second World War, the Post-war Map of Asia and the Fate of Mongolia’s Independence.

The End of Nomadism?

Society, State and the Environment in Inner Asia

Caroline Humphrey and David Sneath

The vast steppe region of Inner Asia is historically dominated by Mongol culture, Buddhist-shamanist religion and an economy based on mobile pastoralism. Now, as its constituent states – China, Russia and Mongolia – adapt to market conditions, this long-standing cultural economic zone is seen to be facing more radical change than at any previous time in its past.

Edited by Jill Jolliffe

The East Timor Question, 1975-2002

Reacting against the seemingly endless colonial wars in which Portugal was still involved in April 1975, junior officers of the Portuguese army overthrew the Caetano regime, successor to the lengthy Salazar dictatorship, installing democracy in the country for the first time in decades. The new Portuguese government initiated a process of decolonization that had the aim of granting independence to the colonies in Africa and the eastern half of the island of Timor, which the Portuguese had held since the sixteenth century. Claiming the support of the population of East Timor, the Suharto government in Jakarta invaded the former colony on 7 December 1975 and later incorporated it as a province of Indonesia, an act still not recognized by the U.N. Many Timorese opposed the Indonesian regime, launching the guerrilla movement Fretilin, under the leadership of Nicolau Lobato, who was later succeeded by José Alexandre Gusmão ("Xanana"). During the two decades since the invasion there have been systematic violations of human rights and a process of neocolonization on the part of Indonesia that continues to this day, despite the continued resistance of many Timorese and protests from sections of the international community.

Archive formed
Following this story closely from its start, first from the region and later from Lisbon, Portugal, Australian journalist Jill Jolliffe has amassed a personal archive containing many rare and some unique materials in several languages originating from Portuguese, Indonesian, Australian, British, American and other international sources. Most of the documents cover the twenty years in question, such as:
— a large file of newspaper clippings and other documentation in English, Portuguese and (some) Indonesian, organized chronologically
— originals of letters and communiques sent from Timor by guerrilla leader José Alexandre Gusmão ("Xanana"), 1981-1994 and other resistance documents
— an extensive file of interviews conducted with Timorese dissidents and refugees since 1975
— captured correspondence and reports of Indonesian authorities; Indonesian propaganda texts in English
— documents relating to the deaths of foreign journalists at Balibo, East Timor on 16 October 1975, and other documentation of human-rights violations
— the report of the Portuguese Commission of Inquiry into the decolonization of East Timor, in two versions (the original unedited one and that later released in a limited printed version by the Cabinet in 1981
— reports of parliamentary commissions in Australia and other countries; UN documents
— church documents on East Timor, including pastoral letters
— private correspondence with various figures
— a photographic record 1975-1994, from various sources
As background, Jill Jolliffe has also collected earlier materials on Timor, such as:
— 19th century Portuguese political pamphlets on Timor
— much documentation on World War II on the island, including a secret report on events during the war by Governor Manuel de Abreu Ferreira de Carvalho

Importance for research
Such a range and variety of materials concerning East Timor will not easily be available elsewhere in one place and Jill Jolliffe has therefore done researchers into the question a great service by organizing and editing her collection and making it available to others.

Various Authors & Editors

War and Decolonization in Indonesia, 1940-1950
Part I: The Archive of Dr. H.J. van Mook, 1942-1948
Part I constitutes the archive of Dr. Van Mook, first Minister of the Colonies and later Lieutenant Governor-General of the Netherlands East Indies. In this capacity Van Mook played a central role in the events of the time.

This collection is also included in the War and Decolonization in Indonesia, 1940-1950 collection.

Various Authors & Editors

War and Decolonization in Indonesia, 1940-1950
Part II: The Archive of Dr. P.J. Koets, 1946-1949
Part II consists of the papers of the Director of the Cabinet of the Governor-General and later the High Representative of the Crown, Dr. P.J. Koets.

This collection is also included in the War and Decolonization in Indonesia, 1940-1950 collection.

Various Authors & Editors

War and Decolonization in Indonesia, 1940-1950
Part III: The Archive of C.O. van der Plas, 1941-1973
Part III is particularly revealing in documenting the war period. It includes intelligence material on the Japanese occupation and informaton on allied military actions, all from the archive of C.O. van der Plas.

This collection is also included in the War and Decolonization in Indonesia, 1940-1950 collection.