Brill's Southeast Asian Library

Brill’s Southeast Asian Library (SEAL) presents scholarly readers with outstanding scholarship covering all regions of Southeast Asia, especially mainland Southeast Asia, on topics from the past to the present day. Featuring both monographs and edited volumes, it offers rigorously peer-reviewed and enduring contributions from the full spectrum of humanities and social science disciplines.
M. C. Ricklefs is Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University and Monash University, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is a scholar of the history and current affairs of Indonesia, whose recent publications have concentrated particularly on the role of Islam in recent and contemporary Java. Professor Ricklefs was formerly Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and more recently Professor of History at the National University of Singapore.

Bruce Lockhart has been teaching at the Department of History, National University of Singapore since 1998, following six years of work in Vietnam and Laos. Dr Lockhart’s research focus on the countries of mainland Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. He has been especially interested in the topic of kings and monarchy, but is now spending more and more time thinking about how these countries perceive and write their own history as well. He has published a book on the last Vietnamese ruler: The End of The Vietnamese Monarchy (Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies, 1993) and is working on a book on constitutional monarchy in Thailand. He has published several articles and book chapters on modern Vietnamese and Lao historiography.
Edited by M.C.Ricklefs, Australian National University and Bruce Lockhart, National University of Singapore