Some of the effects of Imperialism on the countries of Southeast Asia were the transfer of a significant amount of wealth out of the region, a shifting of the region's labor focus away from agriculture to the production of commodity exports and the area's formerly self-contained economy becoming dangerously vulnerable to shifting worldwide price and demand fluctuations. Millions of Southeast Asian lives were altered by the economic and environmental changes that took place as a result of the natural resource and animal life balances that were rearranged and upset by the extensive colonial enterprises taking place in the region. Huge numbers of laborers also migrated into Southeast Asia, particularly from India and China, and changed preexisting ethnic, social and religious demographics.Continue Reading
Prior to the expansion of the colonial powers into Southeast Asia, the region was the economic equal of Europe. One of the effects of Imperialism, however, was a new economic dependence on the nations of the West until the mid-1900s. Colonial rule also helped fuel nationalistic movements and struggles for self-determination in the region.
The development of export economies, which survived past the end of Imperialism, was a factor in the area's post-World War II growth. After independence, the ideas and concepts of the nation-state, courts of law and a centralized bureaucracy that were learned from the Imperial powers contributed to the rapid economic development of Southeast Asian nations such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.Learn more about Southeast Asia
Physical features of Southeast Asia include mountain ranges, plains, peninsulas, straights and islands. Vietnam and Indonesia are well-known for their mountain ranges. The tallest mountain in Southeast Asia is Hkakabo Razi in Myanmar, which is more than 19,000 feet high. Other notable features include the Tonle Sap Basin and the Mekong Lowlands in Cambodia. The islands and volcanoes of the Malaysian Archipelago are also part of Southeast Asia.Full Answer >
Cambodian citizens make their living primarily through jobs in the country's main industries of agriculture, tourism and garment production. Many Cambodians are also employed by government agencies, world relief organizations and private enterprises, such as web development companies located in urban centers like Phnom Penh. Cambodia's economy has shown substantial gains, according to the World Food Program.Full Answer >
The countries of maritime Southeast Asia are Indonesia, East Malaysia, East Timor, Philippines and Singapore. Cambodia, Laos, West Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand are the countries of mainland Southeast Asia. Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands are territories of Southeast Asia, although they are both governed by Australia. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are administrative subdivisions of Southeast Asian countries.Full Answer >
Argentina has a free-market economy heavily based on agriculture and agricultural exports. The country also has growing industrial and service sectors. The quality of life and GDP per capita are relatively high, especially when compared to other countries in Latin America.Full Answer >