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Masters degrees in South East Asian History examine the historical events of South East Asia spanning 50,000 years. Its significance is also particularly examined from the end of World War II, when the term ‘Southeast Asia’ became prominent.
Related subjects and specialisms include South East Asian Literature as well as broader topics such as Post-Colonial Studies including Ancient History and Byzantine History. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as History or Archaeology.
Courses in the History of South East Asia explore a broad range of cultures, peoples and events which have helped shape Southeast Asia as we know it today. From its early agricultural origins in the Neolithic period, though to the Cold War in the 1970s and 80s.
Cultivation has been a huge part of South East Asia’s heritage. As such you might explore the emergence of rice farming in the region, and its development over time.
On the other hand, you could examine the nation’s maritime activities, their influence on the development and export of copper and bronze, and impact on the region’s topographical and political diversity.
Traditional career routes include foreign affairs and policy, journalism and publishing, academia and roles in heritage institutions.
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