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By Michael Charney

This research of conflict in Southeast Asia among the fourteenth and 19th centuries examines the executive elements of war within the sector. It starts off with an exam of the cultural gains that made war within the area detailed, via a dialogue of the most guns used, and the 2 significant websites of combating, sieges and naval contests. 3 chapters study the function performed through animals corresponding to elephants and horses. the ultimate chapters study the shift from mercenary armies and much of levies to smaller status armies. The examine closes with an exam of the tumultuous 19th century, within which ecu naval energy gained the coast and rivers, whereas Southeast Asians held the virtue additional inland.

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64 The invulnerables were by no means a small force in Southeast Asian armies. ”66 Given the bloody nature of headhunting, it raises questions about the validity of some current ideas about Southeast Asian warfare. It is true that Southeast Asian warfare was not simply about killing, but also about population deportations to one’s homeland. As Loubère observed of Siamese and Burmese warfare in the late seventeenth century: They busie themselves only in making Slaves. 67 62 Snodgrass 1827, 64, 95.

The weapons of the latter category were personal because they were everyday weapons. The earliest inhabitants of Southeast Asia were hunter-gatherers who depended heavily upon organic materials and stone implements not only to fight, but also to provide the necessities of life. Weapons used against man were just as easily used to hunt animals for food, to clear away jungle growth, and a range of other daily tasks. Evidence from the early modern period suggests that Southeast Asians depended mostly upon weapons that could be used to perform such tasks as well.

123; Anderson 1971, 405. 64 Varthema 1928, 75; Borri 1633, 56-57; Gervaise 1998, 95. 65 White 1972, 222. 127. 67 HPM 1979, 87, 117. 68 L. , 10. 70 Javanese warrior elites, however, made frequent use of chainmail, especially among the cavalry. 71 The Hikajat Potjut Muhamat also refers to an Acehnese prince wearing chainmail, covered by a copper cuirass, in preparation for battle. Southeast Asian warrior elites used iron chainmail or bronze ring-mail armour for personal protection, as war commanders and warrior-princes alike were specifically targeted on the battlefield.

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