This book shows the impact of globablization on Southeast Asia, which over a few decades has evolved from a loose set of poor, wartorn ex-colonies to being a centre of global manufacturing. The capitals of Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila have become cities of global importance. Howard Dick and Peter J. Rimmer explain the emergence of modern Southeast Asia and its increasing integration into the world economy by showing how technological change, economic development and politics have transformed the flows of goods, people and information. The focus is upon cities: cities and the world economy (Part I), cities and their hinterlands (Part II) and cities in their own right (Part III). Well illustrated with maps and figures and without technical jargon, this analysis provides an alternative perspective to conventional nation-based views and also challenges the simplistic global-local dichotomy.