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Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

作者 : Michael Vatikiotis

出版社 : WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON

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定價 : NT 699

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全世界成長最快速的地區
權力與衝突的動態平衡

東南亞是包覆著絲綢的沙龍,還是噴濺著鮮血的街道?

為什麼富裕的國家如馬來西亞,卻充滿嚴重的貪污問題?
為什麼緬甸、泰國和菲律賓總是藏匿著無法解決的暴動?
在印尼與馬來西亞日漸嚴重的宗教派別問題,如何影響整個東南亞地區、甚至全世界?

東南亞是現代發展的榜樣──不管是現代基礎建設,還是為了促進經濟發展開放市場,在接近三十年間,十個國家脫離貧窮。然而,在光鮮亮麗的中心櫥窗、海灘俱樂部與奢華五星級飯店的表象之下,東南亞的核心卻是不確定也不安全的平民生活,肇因於當權者對權力的渴望與毫不掩飾的貪婪,造成衝突總是在危險平衡的表面下蠢蠢欲動……在東南亞,民主與穩定並非相輔相成,其社會與政治轉型十分緩慢,總是伴隨著長期衝突與動盪。暴力是東南亞政治的陰影,充滿足以破壞周遭穩定的零星戰爭。

東南亞專家瓦提裘提斯,帶來關於東南亞的第一手記錄,以學生、新聞工作者、作家,而不是一般旅人的角度,汲取幾十年來對於東南亞的學術研究與個人經驗,補足探討「亞洲崛起」議題時往往只著重於中國與印度的缺失,對型塑東南亞國家如印尼、馬來西亞、泰國與緬甸的政治、特性、衝突,進行全面性的分析,也追溯複雜的歷史,如何影響現代東南亞國家的形成。

作者曾居住、且在四個東南亞主要城市工作,他以數十年來的田野調查與研究經驗,鮮明描繪東南亞的特性,佐以具啟發性的深入分析。不管是與危險的泰國穆斯林叛亂者作同坐一桌,還是在菲律賓南部內戰的部族之間斡旋,他努力達到和平,也試圖了解地方暴力衝突背後的原因。

從不同型態的衝突如菁英的政治鬥爭、種族與宗教戰爭、地區動亂等等,這些社會現實所帶來的疲憊與無奈,都深深烙印在平凡老百姓的臉上:不管是雅加達的沙嗲小販、曼谷的麵攤老闆、還是仰光的茶攤老闆,他們難以改變現狀、改變人生,而有能力帶來改變的當權者,卻只專注於追求權力與個人財富。這是東南亞經驗回憶錄,更是現代東南亞的政治研究,作者試圖打破東南亞「熱帶世外桃源」的迷思,呈現殘酷的現實與社會景況,也分析背後的複雜成因。

Thought-provoking and eye-opening, BLOOD AND SILK is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region's most experienced outside observers.

This is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace, and understand the reasons behind endemic violence.

Peering beyond brand new shopping malls and shiny glass towers in Bangkok and Jakarta, Michael Vatikiotis probes the heart of modern Southeast Asia. Why are the region's richest countries such as Malaysia riddled with corruption? Why do Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines harbour unresolved violent insurgencies? How do deepening religious divisions in Indonesia and Malaysia and China's growing influence affect the region and the rest of the world?

Vatikiotis tells the story of modern Southeast Asia using vivid portraits of the personalities who pull the strings, mixed with revealing analysis that is underpinned by decades of experience in the countries involved, from their silk-sheathed salons to blood-spattered streets. The result is a fascinating study of the dynamics of power and conflict in one of the world's fastest growing regions.
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作者介紹
Michael Vatikiotis
Michael Vatikiotis is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and gained his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Asia Society's International Council and has a decade of experience working as a private diplomat and conflict mediator for the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Prior to that he worked as a journalist in Asia for thirty years, living in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. He is the author of two previous books on the politics of Southeast Asia and is based in Singapore.
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