About Patrick Jory

Patrick Jory teaches Southeast Asian History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland. He can be reached at: p.jory@uq.edu.au.

NBN Episodes hosted by Patrick:

Stephanie Joy Mawson, "Incomplete Conquests: The Limits of Spanish Empire in the Seventeenth-Century Philippines" (Cornell UP, 2023)

June 1, 2024

Incomplete Conquests

Stephanie Joy Mawson
Hosted by Patrick Jory

When the Spanish colonization of the Philippines began in 1565, early reports boasted of mass conversions to Christianity and ever-increasing numbers …

Jane M. Ferguson, "Silver Screens and Golden Dreams: A Social History of Burmese Cinema" (U Hawaii Press, 2024)

April 5, 2024

Silver Screens and Golden Dreams

Jane M. Ferguson
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Within the social sciences and the humanities, international research in Burma/Myanmar studies tends to lean toward political science and Buddhist st…

Ryan Wolfson-Ford, "Forsaken Causes: Liberal Democracy and Anticommunism in Cold War Laos" (U Wisconsin Press, 2024)

March 1, 2024

Forsaken Causes

Ryan Wolfson-Ford
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Ryan Wolfson-Ford’s provocative new book, Forsaken Causes: Liberal Democracy and Anticommunism in Cold War Laos (U Wisconsin Press, 2024), is an intel…

Sally Frances Low, "Colonial Law Making: Cambodia Under the French" (NUS Press, 2023)

December 15, 2023

Colonial Law Making

Sally Frances Low
Hosted by Patrick Jory

In 1863 the French established a protectorate over the kingdom of Cambodia. The protectorate, along with Vietnam and Laos, later became part of the co…

Sinae Hyun, "Indigenizing the Cold War: The Border Patrol Police and Nation-Building in Thailand" (U Hawaii Press, 2023)

December 1, 2023

Indigenizing the Cold War

Sinae Hyun
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Historians have tended to view the Cold War as a global ideological confrontation between an expansionist communist Soviet Union and a capitalist Unit…

Marnie Feneley, "Reconstructing God: Style, Hydraulics, Political Power and Angkor's West Mebon Visnu" (National U of Singapore Press, 2023)

August 1, 2023

Reconstructing God

Marnie Feneley
Hosted by Patrick Jory

In December 1936, a villager was led by a dream to the ruins of the West Mebon shrine in Angkor where he uncovered remains of a bronze sculpture. This…

Yoshinori Nishizaki, "Dynastic Democracy: Political Families of Thailand" (U Wisconsin Press, 2022)

April 1, 2023

Dynastic Democracy

Yoshinori Nishizaki
Hosted by Patrick Jory

When scholars analyse Thai politics, they tend to give importance to institutions like the monarchy, the military, the parliament, and political parti…

Brooke Schedneck, "Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand: Encounters with Buddhist Monks" (U Washington Press, 2021)

February 1, 2023

Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand

Brooke Schedneck
Hosted by Patrick Jory

The city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand has become the destination for a growing segment of the international tourism market: religious tourism. I…

Lan Anh Hoang, "Vietnamese Migrants in Russia: Mobility in Times of Uncertainty" (Amsterdam UP, 2020)

December 1, 2022

Vietnamese Migrants in Russia

Lan Anh Hoang
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Vietnam and Russia share a common socialist history dating back to the Cold War. But since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and Vietnam’s đổi …

Christopher Goscha, "The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam" (Princeton UP, 2022)

October 3, 2022

The Road to Dien Bien Phu

Christopher Goscha
Hosted by Patrick Jory

The Vietnamese victory over the French forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, which ended almost a century of French colonial rule in Indochina, is one of t…

Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, "A History of Thailand" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

August 1, 2022

A History of Thailand

Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit
Hosted by Patrick Jory

This year sees the publication of the fourth edition of the book, A History of Thailand (Cambridge UP, 2022), by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit.…

Jonathan Saha, "Colonizing Animals: Interspecies Empire in Myanmar" (Cambridge UP, 2021)

June 1, 2022

Colonizing Animals

Jonathan Saha
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Colonial Myanmar was teeming with animals, both wild and domesticated. Yet few histories have devoted close attention to the importance of animals to …

Nu-Anh Tran, "Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalism and the Making of the Republic of Vietnam" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

April 1, 2022


Nu-Anh Tran
Hosted by Patrick Jory

In popular understandings of the modern history of Vietnam we are familiar with Ho Chi Minh’s anti-imperialism, but we know much less about the antico…

Sebastian Strangio, "Cambodia: From Pol Pot to Hun Sen and Beyond" (Yale UP, 2020)

February 1, 2022


Sebastian Strangio
Hosted by Patrick Jory

For many people Cambodia’s modern history is overshadowed by the devastation and horror of the Khmer Rouge era between 1975 and 1979. Yet arguably the…

Shawn F. McHale, "The First Vietnam War: Violence, Sovereignty, and the Fracture of the South, 1945-1956" (Cambridge UP, 2021)

December 1, 2021

The First Vietnam War

Shawn F. McHale
Hosted by Patrick Jory

When people think of the “Vietnam War” they usually think of the hugely devastating and divisive conflict between North Vietnam and a United States-ba…

Ruth Streicher, "Uneasy Military Encounters: The Imperial Politics of Counterinsurgency in Southern Thailand" (Cornell UP, 2020)

August 2, 2021

Uneasy Military Encounters

Ruth Streicher
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Since 2004 the Malay-Muslim majority provinces in the border region of southern Thailand have been wracked by a violent insurgency. Over 7000 people h…

Duncan McCargo and Anyarat Chattharakul, "Future Forward: The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party" (NIAS Press, 2020)

June 1, 2021

Future Forward

Duncan McCargo and Anyarat Chattharakul
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Thailand has been in a deep political crisis since the royalist-military coup against the Thaksin government in 2006. A second coup, in 2014, ushered …

Arnika Fuhrmann, "Teardrops of Time: Buddhist Aesthetics in the Poetry of Angkarn Kallayanapong" (SUNY Press, 2020)

April 1, 2021

Teardrops of Time

Arnika Fuhrmann
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Angkarn Kallayanapong (1926-2012) was arguably Thailand’s most famous poet of the modern period. His career spanned the era from the 1940s to the 1980…

Olga Dror, "Making Two Vietnams: War and Youth Identities, 1965-1975" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

February 1, 2021

Making Two Vietnams

Olga Dror
Hosted by Patrick Jory

We are familiar with the history of the division of Vietnam in 1954 into two states, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the north and the Republic …

Ben Bland, "Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia" (Penguin, 2021)

December 21, 2020

Man of Contradictions

Ben Bland
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi”, as he is popularly known, famously rose from a riverside shack to become president of Indonesia in 2014. In a country better…

Brian Eyler, "Last Days of the Mighty Mekong" (Zed Book, 2019)

September 21, 2020

Last Days of the Mighty Mekong

Brian Eyler
Hosted by Patrick Jory

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 bor…

Alicia Turner, "The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire" (Oxford UP, 2020)

August 31, 2020

The Irish Buddhist

Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, and Brian Bocking
Hosted by Patrick Jory

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 Buddhis…

Wasana Wongsurawat, "The Crown and the Capitalists: The Ethnic Chinese and the Founding of the Thai Nation" (U Washington Press, 2019)

May 18, 2020

The Crown and the Capitalists

Wasana Wongsurawat
Hosted by Patrick Jory

One can’t understand modern Thailand without understanding the role of the ethnic Chinese. And one can’t understand the role of the ethnic Chinese wit…

Christopher J. Shepherd, "Haunted Houses and Ghostly Encounters: Ethnography and Animism in East Timor, 1860-1975" (NIAS Press, 2019)

February 18, 2020

Haunted Houses and Ghostly Encounters

Christopher J. Shepherd
Hosted by Patrick Jory

Anyone who tries to understand the history, religion, and especially the “culture” of Southeast Asia, will soon encounter the phenomenon of animism, t…