1. The writing of Southeast Asian history J. D. Legge; 2. Southeast Asia before history Peter Bellwood; 3. The early kingdoms Keith W. Taylor; 4. Economic history of Southeast Asia Kenneth R. Hall; 5. Religion and popular beliefs of Southeast Asia before c. 1500 J. G. De Casparis and I. W. Mabbett.
Volume 1, Part 1 charts Southeast Asia's beginnings, from prehistory to c. 1500.
'... invaluable for historians wanting a broad picture of the
region ... should also be of more general interest.' Danny Yee's
"...a volume that conveys, in a powerfully provocative manner, the great sweep of the region's historical experience. It also conveys the excitement of being at the frontier of research, confirming that much of the most innovative and impressive work now being undertaken in the history of South-East Asia is on these earlier periods." Times Literary Supplement