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The Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802138020, Paperback)
A compelling, lively narrative history of the peoples and cultures of the great river of Southeast Asia, The Mekong spans two thousand years--from the dawn of civilization on the Mekong Delta to the political and environmental challenges the region faces today. Beginning with the rise of ancient seafaring civilizations at Oc Eco and moving on to the glory of the Cambodian empire in the first millennium, through European colonization and the struggle for independence in the twentieth century, Osborne traces the history of the region that comprises the modern nations of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, and China. Vibrant, insightful, and eminently readable, The Mekong is a rousing history of a dynamic region that has fascinated readers the world over.
(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 06 Jan 2013 15:36:47 -0500)
The Mekong is one of the world's great rivers, and by far the largest in Southeast Asia. Flowing through or beside no less than six countries - China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam - the Mekong River has a rich and often turbulent history and has played a vital, if changing, role in the politics and economies of these countries.
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