Item description for A World of Water: Rain, Rivers and Seas in Southeast Asian Histories (Verhandelingen Van Het Koninklijk Instituut) by Peter Boomgaard...
Water, in its many guises, has always played a powerful role in shaping Southeast Asian histories, cultures, societies, and economies. These essays represent a broad range of approaches to the study of Southeast Asia with water as the central theme.
As it was exposed to the sea, the region was more accessible to outside political, economic and cultural influences than many landlocked areas. Easy access through sea routes also stimulated trade. However, the same easy access made Southeast Asia vulnerable to political control by strong outsiders. The sea is, moreover, a source of food, but also of many hazards. At the same time, Southeast Asian societies and cultures are confronted with and permeated by "water from heaven" in the form of rain, flash floods, irrigation water, water in rivers, brooks, and swaps, water-driven power plants, and pumped or piped water, in addition to water as a carrier of sewage and pollution. Finally, the volume deals with the role of water in classification systems, beliefs, myths, illness, and healing.
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Studio: Kitlv Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.34 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2007
Publisher Kitlv Press
ISBN 906718294X ISBN13 9789067182942
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More About Peter Boomgaard
Peter Boomgaard is a senior researcher at KITLV and professor of environmental history of Southeast Asia at the University of Amsterdam.
Peter Boomgaard has an academic affiliation as follows - Universiteit van Amsterdam.