SURROUND SOUND COPYRIGHT 2011
Background photo courtesy of Wasitthee Chaiyakan
For several decades a trope in the Southeast Asian historiography for the early modern period was that warfare in the region was bloodiness-averse. The notion was one feature of Anthony Reid's noble effort to tie together the region into a cultural whole in the wake of the Autonomous History of Southeast Asia School. Pioneering regional history, he extended an aspect of warfare that was true of parts of the region to the whole. In my own work, which benefitted tremendously from Reid's groundbreaking efforts, I found that warfare in the mainland and parts of the archipelago were as bloody as seen anywhere else in the world, a great contrast to some archipelagic societies. This has a been a key contribution of my work on warfare in the region. For further reading, please consult my Southeast Asian Warfare, 1300-1900 (Brill 2004).