The Last Stand of Asian Autonomies

Responses to Modernity in the Diverse States of Southeast Asia and Korea, 1750–1900

  • Anthony Reid

Part of the Studies in the Economies of East and South-East Asia book series (SEESEA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Anthony Reid
      Pages 1-25
  3. Mainland-Archipelagic Parallels and Contrasts, c.1750–1850

  4. Economic Changes

  5. State Strategies

  6. New Consciousness

  7. Patterns of Reform in the ‘Last Stand’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 444-458

About this book


The last century of the exuberantly diverse independence of Asia's smaller states, before the colonial embrace of 1860-1900, has been dismissed as a doomed period of stagnation and reaction by colonial, nationalist and Marxist historians alike. But the newest writing, represented here by 17 leading specialists on the different states of Southeast Asia and Choson Korea, has discovered in these states an astonishing laboratory of autonomous attempts to grapple with the pressures of modernity.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony Reid
    • 1
  1. 1.Research School of Pacific and Asian StudiesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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