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Abstract

In my research, I have been focusing on my Nusantao hypothesis since about 1975 when my first publication appeared (Solheim 1975a,b; 1976). My concept of the Nusantao has evolved over time (ibid.: 1979,1981,1985,1990, n.d.a.b), and my present definition of the Nusantao was presented in 1985 (ibid.: 1984-85; 1985-86). The definition of Nusantao applies to a people with a maritime orientation, who originated in Island Southeast Asia. I have expanded this a bit further to the Nusantao Maritime Trading Network. My most recent research on this trading network has been in its development from Southeast Asia to the north. The papers in which I present the results of this research have not yet appeared in print so I must repeat some of the material in order to present sorne context.

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