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Leaves of the Same Tree: Trade and Ethnicity in the Straits of Melaka

Leonard Y. Andaya


Despite the existence of about a thousand ethnolinguistic groups in Southeast Asia, very few historians of the region have engaged the complex issue of ethnicity. This book takes on this concept and illustrates how historians can use it both as an analytical tool and as a subject of analysis. The book identifies two general principles of particular value: the ideas that ethnic identity is an ongoing process and that the boundaries of a group undergo continual change based on perceived advantage. The Straits of Melaka for much of the past two millennia offers an ideal testing ground to better u ... More

Keywords: Southeast Asia, ethnicity, ethnic theory, ethnic identity, ethnic formation, ethnic relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831899
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonard Y. Andaya, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa