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By Arthur Cotterell

ISBN-10: 981436102X

ISBN-13: 9789814361026

The basic quantity at the heritage of maritime and mainland Southeast Asia from earliest recorded occasions till the current day by means of acclaimed historian Arthur Cotterell

A historical past of Southeast Asia narrates the historical past of the quarter from earliest recorded occasions until eventually this day, overlaying present-day Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia and East Timor. Its scope is the full of Southeast Asia and never simply the mainland, which has long ago bought undue emphasis potentially a result of Vietnam battle. Water is the geographical reason behind its solidarity 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 city was stormed in 1056 as a result of its ruler’s refusal to hand over Buddhist scriptures, including those brought from Sri Lanka by Buddhaghosa. And an inscription at Pagan confirms that King Manuha of Thaton was kept as a captive until his death and that his descendants stayed on there. The Mon kingdom of Hamsavati, of which Thaton may well have been a vassal state, was left intact because later on Prince Kyanzittha was sent by Anawrahta to assist in the defence of its capital Pegu, then threatened by a Shan attack.

Two other suggestions concerning this unprecedented action are both unsatisfactory. The first would explain the desecration as the consequence of a Sri Lankan raid in 1165, arising from a Burman prohibition on the export of elephants. Sri Lankan naval forces sailing all the way up the Irrawaddy seems hardly more plausible than the second idea that it was the Mongols who picked out the Dhammayan temple for special treatment. The legendary tamer of the resident demon therefore seems the best candidate, especially if the monk persuaded apprehensive villagers to assist him by carrying great quantities of rocks and stones to the temple.

After the conquest of Thaton, Anawrahta turned his attention to northern Arakan, where the local ruler quickly acknowledged Pagan’s authority. The relationship was hardly onerous because Anawrahta was content to leave an hereditary monarchy in place, and not appoint governors of his own. Pagan never exercised direct authority over the peoples living in the hills and mountains of Upper Burma, nor did it seek to uproot loyal dynasties situated elsewhere. Unquestioned obedience was only forthcoming in the immediate area around the capital, a stronghold from which Burman expeditions could be sent wherever a political crisis arose, such as the Shan assault on Pegu.

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