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Empire of the Winds


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List of Maps and Illustrations Glossary Preface Introduction 1. Child of a Drowned Parent 2. Nusantaria's Defining Features and Early People 3. To Babylon and Back 4. Ghosts of Early Empires 5. Culture from India, Goods from China 6. Srivijaya: Vanished Great Mandala 7. Java Takes Centre Stage 8. Tamil Tigers of Trade 9. Champa: Master of the East Sea 10. Malagasy Genes and African Echoes 11. China Raises its Head 12. The Majapahit Good Life 13. Tremble and Obey: the Zheng He Voyages 14. Nails, Dowels and Improbable Ships 15. Malay Melaka's Lasting Legacy 16. The Northern Outliers 17. Islam's Great Leap East 18. Nusantaria: Holed near the Waterline 19. Barangays and Baybayin 20. Makassar, Bugis and Freedom of the Seas 21. Where Kings Reign but Priests Rule 22. The Sulu Factor: Trading, Raiding, Slaving 23. Nusantaria's Existential Crisis 24. Labour, Capital, Kongsi: The Power of the Chinese 25. High Noon of Occupation 26. Empty Lands No Longer 27. Freedom, Fears and the Future Notes Bibliography Index

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Philip Bowring is an Asia-based journalist. He was formerly the editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and has written for the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the South China Morning Post and the Guardian. He studied at Cambridge University and is an expert on maritime history and the history of Southeast Asia.


[Bowring] writes this rich and rambling history as in fact a narrative of change and renewal ... It is not easy to convince policymakers that history might be the place to look for solutions, yet we have nowhere else to turn to imagine what might yet be possible. * Literary Review *
Beautifully presented with numerous informative maps, excellent illustrations and a very useful glossary, it is both a fascinating read and a very valuable history of one of the world's most important regions. * Baird Maritime *

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