At a time when China is claiming ownership of the seas to its south, Philip Bowring describes the actual history of the past two millennia when Austronesian-speaking peoples of the archipelago, now 400 million strong and occupying most of its coasts, have been the key sailing and trading link between east and west. He provides a badly needed counterpoint to Euro- and Sino- centric perspectives of past and present.
Philip Bowring is a journalist, originally from the UK, based in Asia since 1973 variously as correspondent for the Financial Times, editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and independent columnist and consultant. He has an MA in History from Cambridge and is a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine's College.
This is the link to Philip’s latest book:
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