Civilizations in Embrace: the Spread of Ideas and the Transformation of Power : India and Southeast Asia in the Classical AgeMicrofilm
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- Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
- Format: Microfilm | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 15mm | 272g
- Publication date: 15 March 2013
- Publication City/Country: Singapore
- ISBN 10: 9814379735
- ISBN 13: 9789814379731
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
This study revisits one of the most extensive examples of the spread of ideas in the history of civilization: the diffusion of Indian religious and political ideas to Southeast Asia before the advent of Islam and European colonialism. Hindu and Buddhist concepts and symbols of kingship and statecraft helped to legitimize Southeast Asian rulers, and transform the political institutions and authority of Southeast Asia. But the process of this diffusion was not accompanied by imperialism, political hegemony, or "colonization" as conventionally understood. This book investigates different explanations of the spread of Indian ideas offered by scholars, including why and how it occurred and what were its key political and institutional outcomes. It challenges the view that strategic competition is a recurring phenomenon when civilizations encounter each other.
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