Skip to comments.[Vanity] The History of Southeast Asia Podcast
Posted on 03/11/2017 8:02:39 AM PST by Berosus
I have been a minor participant on FR since 2004, but this is the first time I have ever started a thread. For the past eight months I have recorded a podcast on Southeast Asian history, and I thought some other Freepers would be interested in hearing it, especially when I cover twentieth century events like World War II and the Vietnam War. Although the podcast is hosted on Blubrry.com, you can also access it from iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and four other websites.
As of March 2017, I have seventeen episodes online, and because I have been going in chronological order, I have covered prehistoric, ancient and medieval events so far; currently the narrative is up to the year 1600. When I started, I checked the military history podcasts available, and found there isn't a podcast on the Vietnam War yet. If that is still the case when I reach the mid-twentieth century, my podcast will become the official Vietnam War podcast. Listen and enjoy!
Thank you kindly!
Thank you. BFL. I love Asian and WWII history. I live in Japan.
Very interesting. My wife is from Vietnam and I found the podcast quite interesting.
Episode 17 is now online, come and get it! Today we meet the third group of Europeans to explore and exploit Southeast Asia, the Dutch, and learn how they used a corporation, the Dutch East India Company (also called the V.O.C.), to get involved in Indonesia.
I’m checking it out tomorrow at work.
I’m enjoying your podcast so far. I wish I had the Google Earth Southeast Asian Expansion pack updated for your podcast.
Thank you very much! For Myanmar/Burma, that expansion pack better have both the old (before 1989) and new names, because the ruling junta changed just about every place name in the country. Thus, Rangoon is now Yangon, Prome is now Pyay, Pagan is now Bagan, and Pegu is now Bago. And Arakan, the province I plan on talking about in the next episode, is now Rakhine, while its former capital, once called Mrohaung, is now Mrauk U.
No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. Episode 18 of the podcast has just gone online. However, you may find it tough to verify the accuracy of the material covered; these stories from the seventeenth century are some of the most obscure in the entire podcast series! Check the episode out, for some stories you have never heard before.
For the first time, I missed one of my deadlines for completing a podcast episode, due to being kept busy with various things in the real world, especially taxes. However, this episode is longer than average, so I hope you will think the extra content was worth the wait.
This episode covers Vietnam in the early modern era, from 1471 to 1819.
Twice during this period, Vietnam was divided between rival factions, from 1527 to 1592, and then from 1592 to 1802. We will also see Champa, Vietnam’s rival in Episodes 4 and 8, for the last time. Finally, one French clergyman will invent today’s Vietnamese alphabet, and another will help Vietnam pull itself together again; that marks the beginning of French involvement in Vietnam, and we will see much more of that in future episodes.
Modern college history tends to fade the influence of Christian missionaries in bringing the rest of the world up to modern standards.
Many large cultures did not have the written word before missionaries started translating the Bible into other languages, and found that they needed to create alphabets, dictionaries and schools to teach their flock how to read and write.
For the History of Southeast Asia Podcast, the latest episode covers another round in the ongoing conflict between Myanmar and Thailand, or as they were called before the twentieth century, Burma and Siam. At the height of the fighting, the Burmese utterly destroyed Ayutthaya, the capital of Siam. But this wasn’t the end of Siam; the Siamese kings move first to Thonburi, then to Bangkok, and the kingdom recovered with amazing speed.
This time I am announcing two new episodes, because the first one went online during the great FR blackout.
Episode 21 is a special mini-episode, because we have finished the early modern era (1500 to 1800) and are now about to begin the colonial era (1800 to 1965) in Southeast Asian history. This episode will explain what has changed in the relationship between Europe and Southeast Asia, and what made it possible for the Western nations to step in and take over, rather than just sit on the periphery like they did for the previous three hundred years.
And with Episode 22 we resume the narrative, diving into the events of the nineteenth century. This time we will see how the Dutch conquered all of Indonesia, or as they called it after they took over, the Dutch East Indies.
Cool. Thank you!
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