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By P Boomgaard

Water, in its many guises, has continuously performed a strong function in shaping Southeast Asian histories, cultures, societies, and economies. those essays symbolize a extensive variety of techniques to the learn of Southeast Asia with water because the imperative subject matter. because it was once uncovered to the ocean, the sector was once extra available to outdoors political, financial and cultural affects than many landlocked parts. easy accessibility via sea routes additionally inspired alternate. despite the fact that, a similar easy accessibility made Southeast Asia at risk of political keep watch over by means of robust outsiders. the ocean is, additionally, a resource of nutrients, but in addition of many risks. while, Southeast Asian societies and cultures are faced with and permeated by means of "water from heaven" within the kind of rain, flash floods, irrigation water, water in rivers, brooks, and swaps, water-driven strength crops, and pumped or piped water, as well as water as a provider of sewage and pollutants. eventually, the quantity offers with the function of water in class structures, ideals, myths, disorder, and therapeutic.

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From a European perspective it all seemed fairly straightforward. There was an undoubted shift mid-century, with the Dutch East India Company and Indian shippers losing ground to English (or Scots) and, somewhat later, American, country-traders. This applied in both the Bay of Bengal and the South China Sea, where commodities like tea and opium became increasingly important. This cold wind was felt most obviously by the Indian skippers. As Ashin Das Gupta (1987:140) observed, ‘Asian ship-owners had always found it difficult to compromise with the Europeans because of the competition for the carrying trade, while the shore-based merchant had found accommodation both possible and often desirable’.

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