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  1. history of Southeast Asia Written by Associate Professor of History, Ohio University, Athens. Author of Visions and Heat: the Making of the Indonesian Revolution and others. William H. Frederick Fact-checked by The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica

  2. Southeast Asia consists of eleven countries that reach from eastern India to China, and is generally divided into “mainland” and “island” zones. The mainland ( Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam) is actually an extension of the Asian continent.

  3. Map of Southeast Asia. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum. Only in the past sixty years has “Southeast Asia” been used to refer to the region comprising modern-day Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines.

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