Southeast Asia is located
along strategic waterways
which encourages trade with
methods rely on the monsoon
cycle which determines which
type of agricultural products
Southeast Asia has been
influenced by cultural diffusion.
The cultures of India & China
have had a great influence on
the religion & philosophy of SE
There are many diverse
cultures in Southeast Asia.
Religious beliefs have both
unified & divided the people
of Southeast Asia.
The Buddhist, Hindu &
Islam religions are practiced
throughout the region.
European countries, along with
the U.S., imperialized Southeast
Asia to obtain resources & markets
for their industries.
They were able to achieve this
because they had more advanced
In the 17th & 18th centuries, the
Dutch were interested in SE Asia to
obtain & expand its spice trade.
SE Asia depends on foreign capital for
Since the end of the Korean War,
major industrial development has
occurred in South Korea.
A major problem faced by SE Asia
today is that economic growth has not
kept pace with the population growth.
In the 1960’s & 70’s nationalism influenced
all of SE Asia to combat threat of
Struggles in Vietnam & Cambodia resulted
in foreign intervention.
The primary reason the United States
became involved in Vietnam was to stop the
spread of communism throughout SE Asia
(stop the domino theory).
North & South Vietnam were politically
reunited as a result of the Vietnam war.
20 TH CENTURY
A characteristic of many SE
Asian countries is in their
attempt achieve political
stability, internal struggles for
Southeast Asia is tolerant of