At a period when sea navigation depended more on the skill and courage of sailors than on technology, men were nonetheless able to build maritime regional empires that stretched from Indochina to the Indonesian Archipelago. This book, which draws on a huge body of archaeological and documentary research, provides a much-needed overview of the history of the Malay Peninsula and insular Southeast Asia from its earliest times up till the 16th century. It also provides an in-depth analysis of the international context of the political, economic and social evolution of these kingdoms, and so provides a useful background to the modern history of the region. This is an excellent book for those with a keen interest in the ancient history of the first kingdoms of the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago.
The author is a French citizen. Passionate about ancient history and ethnography since young, Paul Michel Munoz has made numerous travels around the world, which have brought him into close contact with many different civilizations and cultures. Munoz is also a licensed Master Mariner and Marine Engineer, and spent 20 years in the merchant navy before relocating to Singapore where he has lived since the year 2000.
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