At the Crossroads: Southeast Asia


Learning Modules

 

Below are links providing easy and fast access to learning modules that investigate the events and mindsets that turned Southeast Asia into a major theater of World War II. These were developed through an NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers that was organized and offered by the East-West Center.

 

We invite teachers and learners to explore these modules to uncover why Southeast Asia was at the crossroads of war; to identify past, present, and possible future implications; and to better understand the indelible connections between history and individuals, nations, and regions.

 

The Making of 20th Century Southeast Asia

 

Economic Motives for Imperialism in Southeast Asia

 

Using the Film Max Havelaar to Teach about Dutch Colonialism in Indonesia

 

Nationalism and Competing Identities in Southeast Asia

 

Islam and Politics of Identity in Southeast Asia

 

 

Incorporating ‘isms’ to Teach about Colonialism and Legacies

 

Europe between the Two World Wars and Effects on Southeast Asia

 

 

Japanese in Southeast Asia during WWII: Understanding from Different Perspectives

 

Japanese Occupation of British Malaya and Singapore

 

Indonesia’s Struggle for Merdeka (1945-1949) and the Japanese Legacy

 

World War II and the Philippines

Stories of Australian Prisoners of WWII in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Using Films to Teach History of Southeast Asia during WWII

 

World Turned Upside Down: Southeast Asia in the Aftermath of Japanese Defeat

 

Decoding Primary Sources Using DBQs

 

Leading Students to Discoveries through Webquests

 

Uncovering Legacies of Imperialism through Primary Sources

 

 

Please note that any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these modules do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the East-West Center.