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EDITOR'S CHOICE

Richard Cavendish explains how the proposal to change the name of Siam to Thailand was eventually accepted on May 11th, 1949.

A foothold in Siam offered new trading opportunities for France in the late 17th century, as well as a chance to spread the Catholic faith. Peter Murrell describes French efforts via a series of embassies between the two countries.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

Marilyn V. Longmuir looks at the historical background to the Burmese obsession with pristine bank notes.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

The ill-fated fortress was opened on February 14th 1938.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

The American soldiers who fought their way through the islands of the Pacific during the Second World War encountered fierce Japanese resistance but few local people. That all changed with the invasion of the Mariana Islands, says Matthew Hughes.

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

Vietnamese troops faced little resistance when they entered Cambodia's capital on January 7th, 1979.

Volume: 59 Issue: 1 2009

Mark Bryant looks at the cartoons published in imperial Japan during the Second World War.

Volume: 58 Issue: 1 2008

Viv Sanders takes issue with some all too common assumptions.

Issue: 61 2008

The independent Federation of Malaya came into being on August 31st, 1957.

Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007

Kendrick Oliver revisits the scene of a massacre that became a watershed in public perceptions of the Vietnam war.

Volume: 56 Issue: 2 2006

Ben Kiernan points out the progress, and difficulties, in recovering history and justice after genocide.

Volume: 54 Issue: 9 2004

Richard Cavendish describes the French defeat in Indochina, on May 7th, 1954.

Volume: 54 Issue: 5 2004

Sami Abouzahr untangles US policy towards France at the time of the Marshall Plan and the war in Indochina.

Volume: 54 Issue: 10 2004

Merle Ricklefs seeks clues for the future of the troubled archipelago nation in its distant past.

Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003
Jessica Harrison-Hall introduces the upcoming exhibition of Vietnamese art at the British Museum.
Volume: 52 Issue: 6 2002

Fighting broke out in the Philippines on the night of February 4th, 1899, after an American patrol shot a Filipino guerrilla.

Volume: 49 Issue: 2 1999

Richard Cavendish explains how the proposal to change the name of Siam to Thailand was eventually accepted on May 11th, 1949.

Volume: 49 Issue: 5 1999

Revolutions and changes of dynasty seem to have happened with the regularity of clockwork on the island of Java. M.C. Ricklefs investigates.

Volume: 49 Issue: 10 1999

As Luang Prabang, Laos' former royal capital of South East Asia becomes the latest addition to UNESCO world heritage sites, Cherry Barnett explores its significance.

Volume: 46 Issue: 4 1996

Peter Riddick looks at the way oral history can add another perspective to our understanding of situations and events.

Issue: 22 1995

Karl Hack on the links between dams and decolonisation and the ups and downs of Anglo-Malaysian relations.

Volume: 44 Issue: 11 1994

For the past 600 years the island of Java has been the scene for the encounter of the two major cultural and religious traditions of the world.

Volume: 34 Issue: 11 1984

Patrick Turnbull writes that the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, which opened on March 3rd, 1954, and continued until early May, marked the end not only of French, but of European hegemony in Asia.

Volume: 29 Issue: 4 1979

A.J. Stockwell examines the life and work of the British in Malaya before independence was declared, in 1957.

Volume: 27 Issue: 5 1977

Nora C. Buckley explains how, during the fifteenth century, Chinese seafarers were active in Indian and African trade.

Volume: 25 Issue: 7 1975

Helen Bruce describes how, in Buddhist countries, for the last six hundred years, the albino elephant has always received special veneration.

Volume: 21 Issue: 1 1971

The connexions of the French with Vietnam began in the eighteenth century; D.R. Watson describes how their legacy was passed to the United States in 1954.

Volume: 20 Issue: 8 1970

George Woodcock gives an account of an Imperial enterprise in south-east Asia.

Volume: 19 Issue: 12 1969

George Woodcock describes how Malacca was once a city so rich that “its merchants valued garlic more highly than gold,” and how it has slowly dwindled in wealth and importance since the middle of the seventeenth century.

Volume: 14 Issue: 4 1964

British missions to the Chinese Court had already run into many grievous difficulties. When a mission was despatched to Burma, writes Mildred Archer, they found their problems no less irksome.

Volume: 13 Issue: 10 1963

“Whoever is Lord in Malacca, has his hand on the throat of Venice,” wrote a European traveller during the period of the city's greatest glory. G.P. Dartford brings us back to a time when Malacca dominated the trade routes of the East.

Volume: 10 Issue: 12 1960

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