New Books Network

S. Lawreniuk and L. Parsons, “Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality (Oxford UP, 2020) brings together more than a decade’s worth of research during one of the most consequential moments in Cambodian history. After years of staggering economic growth and a political breakthrough in 2013, disappointment set in as the fruits... Read More
Brian Eyler, “Last Days of the Mighty Mekong” (Zed Book, 2019)
The Mekong River is one of the world’s great rivers. From its source in the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau it snakes down through southern China and then borders or runs through all the countries of mainland Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Thailand, Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam. Almost 70 million people depend either directly or... Read More
Kris Alexanderson, “Subversive Seas: Anticolonial Networks across the Twentieth-Century Dutch Empire” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In Subversive Seas: Anticolonial Networks across the Twentieth-Century Dutch Empire (Cambridge UP, 2019), Kris Alexanderson offers a revealing portrait of the Dutch Empire repositions our understanding of modern empires from the terrestrial to the oceanic. It highlights the importance of shipping, port cities, and maritime culture to the political struggles... Read More
Alicia Turner, “The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Buddhism has always been a world religion, but its popularity in the West really dates only from the late nineteenth century, when much of the Buddhist world was subject to European colonial rule. Of all those Westerners who became interested in, and sought to promote Buddhism at this time, perhaps... Read More
Roman David and Ian Holliday, “Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Democracy is a popular topic among scholars of politics in Southeast Asia. Liberalism is not. Or at least it hadn’t been up until the last few years, which have seen a spate of books with liberalism in the title: on Islam in Indonesia, capitalism in Singapore, post-colonialism in the Philippines,... Read More
Leah Zani, “Bomb Children: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos” (Duke UP, 2019)
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Leah Zani, a public anthropologist and poet based in California, about her truly wonderful book Bomb Children: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos (Duke University Press, 2019). Her research takes place half a century after the CIA’s Secret War in Laos –... Read More
Edward Alpers, “The Indian Ocean in World History” (Oxford UP, 2014)
Edward Alpers’s The Indian Ocean in World History (Oxford University Press, 2014) is a concise yet an immensely informative introduction to the Indian Ocean world, which remains the least studied of the world’s geographic regions. Yet there have been major cultural exchanges across its waters and around its shores from... Read More
Angela S. Chiu, “The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand” (U Hawaii Press, 2017)
For centuries, wherever Thai Buddhists have made their homes, statues of the Buddha have provided striking testament to the role of Buddhism in the lives of the people. The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand (University of Hawaii Press, 2017) offers the first in-depth historical study... Read More
Vincent Bevins, “The Jakarta Method” (Public Affairs, 2020)
Why did the word “Jakarta” appear as graffiti on the streets of Santiago in 1973? Why did left-wing Chilean activists receive postcards in the mail with the ominous message “Jakarta is coming”? Why did a Brazilian general lose his temper in an interview with university students, threaten their safety, and... Read More
Kevin W. Fogg, “Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
As Indonesia nears the 75th anniversary of its proclamation of independence this year, the socio-political debates surrounding her birth as a nation-state take on contemporary salience. In Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution (Cambridge UP, 2019), Kevin W. Fogg analyzes the religious aspirations that motivated many Muslim revolutionaries to fight the return of... Read More