Revisiting Southeast Asian History with Geology: Some Demographic Consequences of a Dangerous Environment

  • Anthony Reid
Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)


New geological research strengthens a growing sense of Indonesian history as one unusually exposed to the vagaries of nature. In periods of relative quiescence on the ring of fire, such as the twentieth century, a benign climate and fertile soils can produce rapid population growth and development. But rather than forming a constant, this pattern appears to have been interrupted by periodic disasters. Cooperation between scholars in different disciplines, and the pooling of data from around the Indian Ocean, offers a way forward in understanding the long-term pattern of the region and makes a huge difference to our understanding of the Southeast Asian past, and therefore likely future.


Subduction Zone Volcanic Eruption Explosive Eruption Volcanic Explosivity Index Major Eruption 
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  • Anthony Reid
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  1. 1.College of Asia and the PacificAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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