GEOG 1000 - Lecture 1 - Jan. 4, 2012

GEOG 1000 - Lecture 1 - Jan. 4, 2012 - -Routes to the East...

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Making Asia, Making the Orient Asia as a World Region or Regions - An apparently discrete world region - A coherent, self-contained region - Problematic - About half the worlds population - Textbook breaks up Asia into smaller regions - Problematic due to diversity throughout and within the regions South East Asia - Tropical Humid climates - Note: Area of monsoons (mainland Southeast Asia) - Path of typhoons (but recent some typhoons have not followed this path—climate change?) - Location of the 2006 December earthquake? - 2004 Tsunami off the coast of Indonesia - Largest Muslim Populations: Indonesia, India, Pakistan - “Southeast Asia’ honors more the perceptions of powerful European namers than that those of the people in the place so-named.” - How South East Asia was made: First European contacts, Colonialism and Orientalism, Making Southeast Asia through war and counterinsurgency, Then: making Thailand The Spice Trade and the Creation of Asia as a World Region
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Unformatted text preview: -Routes to the East established by Arab Traders-Quite a dangerous enterprise-Ships risked being shipwrecked-Had to go through where there was pirates-Risks were outweighed by the eventual profits-They were able to charge high prices because of over exaggerations-European rivalry surrounding spice trade-One of the key players was Portugal-Dutch took over cinnamon trade from Portuguese -Also controlled a lot of the pepper trade-The Dutch ruled with an iron fist-Challenged by the British-British gained power for the 16 th and 17 th centuries-The British took over much of the trade Meanings of orientalism-The study of oriental societies by Europeans-The way that Asia and Asians are stereotyped as exotic West East rational irrational modern traditional progressing stagnant enlightened Trapped by religion ‘democratic’ despotic (Christian) morals Heathen, amoral Thrift Decadent normal exotic...
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GEOG 1000 - Lecture 1 - Jan. 4, 2012 - -Routes to the East...

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