SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Ethnic & Religious Conflict in South East Asia in Historical Perspective (Online Module)

South East Asia has been home to some of the longest continuous armed conflicts in the world. In all the modern states that emerged after World War II, the need to prevent conflictual manifestations of identity politics has been an ongoing challenge, even when conflicts have been managed through predominantly non-violent means. This course will explore these issues from both national and non-national perspectives. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding in depth and in breadth of some of the most enduring and important internal challenges facing the nations of the region, which continue to have the potential to destabilise inter-regional and global international relations.

All modules are subject to availability and are subject to change from session to session.

Suggested reading

Philip L. Kohl, ‘Nationalism and Archaeology: On the Constructions of Nations and the Reconstructions of the Remote past’, Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 27, (1998), pp. 223 246;
James Francis Warren, 1981. The Sulu Zone, 1768-1898: The Dynamics of External Trade, Slavery, and Ethnicity in the Transformation of a Southeast Asian Maritime State, Singapore: NUS Press

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