"Strange Parallels: Southeast
Asia in Global Context, c.800-1830"
Marvin B. Becker Collegiate Professor
of Southeast Asian History, University of Michigan
sponsored by the Traphagen Alumni Speakers
Series,* Yale College Office of Student Affairs
During roughly a thousand years, from c. 800
to 1830, in each of mainland Southest Asia's three principal corridors,
political and cultural isolates cohered to form larger, more stable
systems. In basic form, chronology, and dynamics, this process of
cyclic, yet accelerating integration resembled that in other parts
of Eurasia's "protected rimlands," including northern
and western Europe and Japan. But despite certain pan-Eurasian features,
in scale, agency, and vertical cultural expression, long-term integration
in the rimlands remained distinct from that in South Asia and China,
both part of the "exposed zone" of Eurasia.
Both a specialist in precolonial Burma and
a comparativist interested in global patterns, Victor Lieberman
graduated first in his class from Yale University and obtained
his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies of
the University of London. His publications include Burmese Administrative
Cycles: Anarchy and Conquest, c. 1580-1760, which won the Harry
J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies; Strange
Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, c. 800-1830.
Volume 1: Integration on the Mainland, which won the World History
Association Book Prize; and Strange Parallels. Volume 2: Mainland
Mirrors: Europe, Japan, China, South Asia, and the Islands,
which was described in the American Historical Review as "the
most important work of history produced so far this century"
and which was the subject of a special edition of the Journal
of Asian Studies. Lieberman is the Marvin B. Becker Collegiate
Professor of History and Professor of Southeast Asian History at
the University of Michigan.