On the Road to Mandalay

 

Okay, since the latest episode went up today, we are back on schedule.  And that’s not all; today the podcast is one year old.  This time we look at the history of Burma/Myanmar from 1782 to 1890, when Britain conquered the country and made it part of British India.  You will also hear me read a poem by Rudyard Kipling; listen and enjoy!

https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/24938075/episode-24-on-the-road-to-mandalay/

A Second Introduction

 

Or, The Colonial Era in Southeast Asian History Begins

The previous episode of the podcast finished the early modern era of Southeast Asian history (1500 to 1800), and now it is time to begin covering the colonial era (1800 to 1965).  But first we need to learn what changed the relationship between Europe and Southeast Asia, and what made the Europeans boldly march in to take over the region, after they had sat on the periphery for the past three hundred years.  Because this explanation is a bit too long to tack onto a regular episode, it is presented here as a special mini-episode.  Listen to this, and expect the narrative to resume with the next episode, on or near June 1.

https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/23699242/episode-21-a-second-introduction/

Eighteenth-Century Burma & Siam

Or, The Fall of Ayutthaya and the Rise of Bangkok

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.

https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/23252612/episode-20-eighteenth-century-burma-siam/

Episode 19, The First Two Divisions of Vietnam

 

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.  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.

https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/22889066/episode-19-the-first-two-divisions-of-vietnam/

Episode 18, Arakan and All That

 

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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.

https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/22435915/episode-18-arakan-and-all-that/