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By P Boomgaard

Water, in its many guises, has regularly performed a strong position in shaping Southeast Asian histories, cultures, societies, and economies. those essays signify a vast diversity of methods to the learn of Southeast Asia with water because the primary subject matter. because it used to be uncovered to the ocean, the sector used to be extra obtainable to outdoor political, fiscal and cultural affects than many landlocked components. easy accessibility via sea routes additionally inspired alternate. even if, a similar quick access made Southeast Asia liable to political keep an eye on via robust outsiders. the ocean is, in addition, a resource of meals, but in addition of many dangers. even as, Southeast Asian societies and cultures are faced with and permeated through "water from heaven" within the kind of rain, flash floods, irrigation water, water in rivers, brooks, and swaps, water-driven energy vegetation, and pumped or piped water, as well as water as a provider of sewage and toxins. ultimately, the amount bargains with the position of water in category platforms, ideals, myths, affliction, and therapeutic.

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A. 1993 ‘Urban sanitation, health and water supply in late nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial Singapore’, South East Asia Research 1-2:14372. Part One Waterscapes Heather Sutherland Geography as destiny? The role of water in Southeast Asian history Standard historical narratives usually contain iconic images, epitomizing their central themes. In Indonesian history, one such emblematic scene is said to have occurred in the port-city of Makassar, South Sulawesi (Celebes), in the first half of the seventeenth century.

Part One Waterscapes Heather Sutherland Geography as destiny? The role of water in Southeast Asian history Standard historical narratives usually contain iconic images, epitomizing their central themes. In Indonesian history, one such emblematic scene is said to have occurred in the port-city of Makassar, South Sulawesi (Celebes), in the first half of the seventeenth century. A representative of the Verenigde OostIndische Compagnie (VOC, Dutch East India Company) confronted the leaders of the twin kingdom of Goa-Tallo’, lords of this thriving east Indonesian entrepôt, and demanded that non-Dutch access to Moluccan spices be curbed.

In the mid-fifteenth century Islam in Southeast Asia received a decisive boost with the conversion of Malacca, a pivotal node in fifteenth and sixteenth century oceanic commerce. Sultanates emerged in the Malay Peninsula in the sixteenth century, and the following hundred years saw a strong expansion of the faith. The Portuguese conquest of Malacca in 1511 encouraged a partial shift of Malay settlement and Muslim commerce to more congenial ports, in the face of competition from aggressively Christian powers.

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