The Malacca Strait, circa 1875. In Empire of the Winds, writer Philip Bowring examines trade, piracy and the social history of an area of Southeast Asia spanning Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Timor. Photo: Alamy

Empire of the Winds: account of Southeast Asia’s ‘great archipelago’ rejects China’s take on its history

  • Author Philip Bowring explores the significance of a region he calls Nusantaria stretching from Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines to Indonesia and Timor
  • Trade winds, resources and wealth made the more than 20,000 islands of the archipelago into a hub of global trade, he writes
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The Malacca Strait, circa 1875. In Empire of the Winds, writer Philip Bowring examines trade, piracy and the social history of an area of Southeast Asia spanning Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Timor. Photo: Alamy
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