Indigenous Warfare in Precolonial Monsoon Asia
Department of History
School of Oriental and African Studies
London, January 10-11, 2003
Organizer & Contact person below.
This is a closed workshop, but if you would like more information, please contact Dr. Michael W. Charney.
This workshop seeks a better understanding of the nature of precolonial indigenous warfare across monsoon Asia. The objectives of the workshop are:
to better understand the role of warfare in indigenous society throughout monsoon Asia
to understand the ways in which European and Asian forms of warfare differed and why
to demonstrate that although forms of warfare within monsoon Asia were diverse, better developed research methodologies and paradigms can help to inform research across the regional divide.
By bringing together scholars of various backgrounds, focusing on both South and Southeast Asia, we will pursue major issues regarding precolonial indigenous warfare across regional divides (Southand Southeast Asia) and across the lines of source materials (between European sources and between European and indigenous sources).
This workshop also seeks to establish a more meaningful agenda for further
research on indigenous warfare in monsoon Asia (South and Southeast Asia). We
have identified several key areas for research on indigenous warfare:
the different impact of warfare on state-building in the monsoon Asia context
the ways in which warfare helps to structure society and how society
(especially understandings of gender) determines the organization of warfare
the relationship between culture and warfare, both locally and across monsoon Asia
the special logistical challenges facing indigenous armies in a monsoon
special ethnic approaches to warfare, wherein warfare plays a
fundamental role in the formation of ethnic identities
the techniques of warfare
the origin and acquisition of new technologies of warfare
the ways in which warfare crosses a variety of boundaries, whether geographical, political, social, or cultural.
10 January 2003
9:30-10:00 Opening of the Workshop
10:30-12:00 Session II: Warfare and Society
1:30–3:00 Session III: Culture and War
3:00-3:30 Tea Break
3:30-4:15 Session IV: The Logistics of War
11 January 2002
10:00-11:30 Session V: Ethnic Approaches to Warfare
1:00-2:30 Session VII: Technologies
2:30-3:00 Tea Break
3:00–4:30 Session VIII: Crossing Boundaries
Dr. Michael W. Charney
Dept. of History
10 Thornhaugh St.
London WC1H 0XG
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