Book Reviews

On May 2016, I passed my comprehensive exams at UC Berkeley. Building up to that day I prepared for the exams by writing book summaries, reviews and commentary. I also scoured the internet, spent many hours talking through the books and questions with supportive colleagues. I wanted to share them here to help those also preparing for exams and to introduce good and formative works on Southeast Asia to the internets.


1. VIETNAM

Early Modern to Indochina Wars – Peter Zinoman, History

Pre/Early Modern

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Pre/Early Modern Vietnam (Taylor, Kelley, Woodside, Li, Choi, Dutton)

QUESTION: How Confucian is/was Vietnam? Alexander Woodside, Liam Kelley, Nola Cooke

ESSAY: Expressions of Borders and Place through the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

French Colonial

QUESTION: When does the ‘modern’ begin in Vietnamese history? A Historiography Essay (Alexander Woodside, George Dutton, Benedict Anderson, David Marr, Charles Keith)

ESSAY: Generational Identities and Cultural Politics: A Historiography of Vietnamese 1920’s and 1930’s Student Movements

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY WWII, Vichy Indochina, August Revolution

Indochina Wars/Vietnam War


2. SOUTHEAST ASIA

Print Culture, Colonial, Memory – Penelope Edwards, Southeast Asian Studies

State of the Field

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY & KEY QUESTIONS The state of Southeast Asian Studies

Southeast Asia Colonialism and Modernity

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY & KEY QUESTIONS Southeast Asia Colonialism & Modernity

Southeast Asia Print Culture and History of the Book

Southeast Asia Institutions of Memory: Museums & Libraries


3. SYSTEMS OF KNOWLEDGE

Agents & Institutions of Colonial Knowledge – Janaki Bakhle, History

Colonial Studies: Knowledge & Power

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY Colonial Studies Power: & Knowledge

ANALYSIS: Edward Said, Orientalism, and Caste: The Development of a Discourse and Field of Study

Colonial Knowledge: Craft (Missionaries, Ethnographers, Anthropologists)

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY The Crafting of Colonial Knowledge: Missionaries, Caste, Ethnography, Anthropology

Information & the State: Institutions (Archives, Surveillance, Census, Libraries)

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY The Institutions of Colonial Knowledge:  Archives, Surveillance, Census, Libraries, Print Culture


 4. SYSTEMS OF KNOWLEDGE

Science of Classification, Histories of Information, Statistics – Cathryn Carson, History

COMPLETE LIST of Reading

History of Information, Enlightenment Knowledge

History of Information, Classification, Catalogs

History of Statistics and Quantification

KEY QUESTIONS AND DEBATES


5. DIGITAL HUMANITIES & DATA SCIENCE

Digital Humanities as Practice – David Bamman, School of Information

ANALYSIS Data and the Humanities: Digital Humanities and Disrupting Disciplinary Boundaries

COMPLETE LIST of Readings & Projects