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Southeast Asia

Cultures and History

Objectives
 1. Find out why Southeast Asia is a culturally diverse region.

 2. Learn how colonial powers affected Southeast Asia.
 3. Understand how years of conflict affected Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

Key Terms Khmer Empire Nationalist Khmer Rouge .

Malaysia. Thailand. .Khmer Empire An empire that included much of present-day Cambodia. and part of Laos.

.Nationalist A person who is devoted to the interests of his or her country.

Khmer Rouge The Cambodian Communist Party .

Malaysia.D. 800 to 1434. Thailand. . and part of Laos.  The was at its height from about A.  At its greatest extent. the Khmer Empire included much of present-day Cambodia.Southeast Asia  The Khmer Empire was one of the many kingdoms of South Asia.

Khmer Empire .

and as a result. each group developed its own way of life. many of them came from India and China.  When outside influences did come to Southeast Asia.A Region of Diversity  Southeast Asia’s mountains kept groups of people apart from one another. .

Southeast Asian Mountains .

China conquered Vietnam and ruled the country for more than 1.  During that time.  In 111 B.000 years. Buddhism. and Islam to the region.The Impact of India and China  India affected Southeast Asian cultures through trade as its merchants sailed across the Indian Ocean to Southeast Asia nearly 2.000 years ago. ..C.  Indians introduced the religions of Hinduism. the Vietnamese began using Chinese ways of farming and adopted some of the teachings of Confucius.

The Impact of India and China India in Southeast Asia China in Southeast Asia .

Vietnam. . Singapore. Singapore.  Christian . Laos. Thailand. Malaysia. Indonesia.Major Religions in Southeast Asia  Hindu – Indonesia. and Cambodia. Singapore.  Buddhist – Myanmar.  Muslim – Malaysia.Singapore. Indonesia. Malaysia. Philippines.

Major Religions in Southeast Asia .

What are the major religions in Southeast Asia? . Which two countries affected Southeast Asian culture?  2.Reading Check 1  1.

silver.  By the 1800s. European nations had gained control of most of Southeast Asia. pearls. and spices. . iron.  European nations such as Portugal and the Netherlands built small trading posts in Southeast Asia that became the bases from which they eventually gained control of the region.Colonial Rule in Southeast Asia  In the 1500s traders from Europe came to the region and wanted to gain control of the rich trade in silks.

What is the topic of this map?  2. Which country controlled the most land in Southeast Asia in 1914? Which country controlled the least amount of land then? . What two kinds of borders are shown on this map?  3.  4.Colonial Rule in Southeast Asia  Map Master: Colonial Rule in Southeast Asia 1914 (Web Code lcp6611)  1. Name two colonies that were controlled by France in 1914 and today have a different name.

including teachers. bridges.  The colonial powers also built schools that helped produce skilled workers for their industries.Effects of Colonial Rule  Because good transportation was essential for the economic success of the colonies. . doctors. colonial rulers built a network of roads. ports and railroads in Southeast Asia. and government workers.

The Road to Independence  By the early 1900s. nationalists (someone who is devoted to the interests of his or her country) were organizing independence movements throughout the countries of Southeast Asia. the Japanese began to move into Southeast Asia. .  Beginning in 1939. however. and soon drove out the European colonial powers from the mainland.

 Some Southeast Asian countries won independence peacefully (the Philippines and Burma or Myanmar). Cambodia. Vietnam. and Indonesia) .The Road to Independence  After the Japanese were defeated in WWII. Western nations hoped to regain power in Southeast Asia. but Southeast Asians wanted independence. while others had to fight for it (Lao. Malaysia.

Why did Europeans begin traveling to Southeast Asia in the 1500s? .Reading Check 2  1.

they forced France to give up power and leave. Cambodia. France tried to take back Indochina from Japan. and Laos were formerly controlled by France and were known as French Indochina. but Nationalist forces in Vietnam fought back against the French.Vietnam.  When WWII ended in 1945. and Laos  Vietnam.  In 1954. . Cambodia.

French Indochina .

 This concerned leaders in the US who had been trying to stop the spread of Communism. Vietnam was divided into two parts: Communist North. . and non-Communist South.The Vietnam War  The Vietnamese forces that defeated France declared Vietnam’s independence and wanted to make Vietnam a Communist country. the Soviet Union. while the US’ main rival. was trying to expand Communism by bringing other countries under its control.  In 1954.

. later on however.  Initially.  After years of fighting. the US withdrew its forces. the US only sent advisors and supplies to help South Vietnam. it sent hundreds of thousands of American solders to Vietnam.The Vietnam War  Communist leaders in North Vietnam used force to try and unite the country under a Communist government. but the US helped South Vietnam fight back. and in 1975 North Vietnam took over South Vietnam and reunited the country under a Communist government.

The Vietnam War .

 Both countries went through years of violence as Communists and non-Communists struggled for power.Cambodia and Laos  Cambodia and Laos had gained independence from France in 1953. but they were pulled into the conflict with Vietnam. .  During this time. the US bombed Cambodia and Laos to destroy Communist North Vietnamese forces there.

After his death.  The Khmer Rouge was opposed to western ways of life killed over one million Cambodians  The Khmer Rouge leader. the Cambodian Communist party called the Khmer Rouge took over the government of Cambodia. Pol Pot was driven out in 1979 and died in 1998.Cambodia and Laos  In 1975. the Khmer Rouge surrendered power. and the country became more stable. .

Reading Check 3  What present-day countries made up French Indochina?  Which country did the United States support with troops during the Vietnam War? .