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A History of Malaysia


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Acknowledgements Preface to the Third Edition Note on Spelling Abbreviations Maps Introduction: The Environment and Peoples of Malaysia 1. The Heritage of the Past 2. Melaka's Legacy in a Changing Malay World, 1400-1699 3. The Demise of the Malay Entrepôt State, 1699-1819 4. 'A New World is Created', 1819-74 5. The Making of 'British' Malaya, 1874-1919 6. The Functioning of a Colonial Society, 1900-1941 7. Negotiating a New Nation, 1942-1969 8. Restructuring Malaysia, 1969-1999 9. Malaysia at a Cross-Roads, 1999-2015 Conclusion Notes Further Reading Glossary Index.

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'This is a second, revised edition of a general history which, since its first appearance in 1982, has become the leader in its field. The authors have retained much of the content of their first edition, but have made significant alterations and additions to bring in the data and analysis of many subjects found in the extensive research and writing of the past twenty years...Students and their teachers will find the new edition a recognizable but considerably revised successor to the original. They will share with the general reader food for thought about Malaysia, ancient and modern. The historical narrative is comprehensive, with very adequate coverage of East Malaysia, impeccable in its scholarship, and clear in its exposition. The annotation is rather sparse but this is supplemented by notes for further reading for each chapter which are historiographical essays. The index, glossary and maps are useful. It is altogether an excellent book.' - John Gullick, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 'In revising their earlier work, already widely acknowledged as a 'standard reference', the authors have rewritten parts of many chapters to incorporate new work on Malaysian history published since the 1980s...so that this new edition encompasses major political events and socio-economic developments from the earliest human settlements up to the present. No other work on Malaysian history covers such a long period...The general reader will find it interesting and students of Malaysian history will find it exceedingly useful. - Tan Liok Ee, The Star 'This second edition incoporates recent findings and amplifies by some 30 pages the period since the Japanese invasion in 1941. Authoritative, stimulating and up to date, this remains the first port of call for scholars, students and any traveller seeking to discover Malaysia's history.' - A.J. Stockwell, Times Higher Education Supplement 'This is the best general history of Malaysia to appear to date.' - A.J. Stockwell, History 'This ... book is ideal for introductory university use ... (The authors) write with impeccable objectivity without ducking the historical dimension of sensitive present-day issues like race relations.' - Dennis Duncanson, Asian Affairs

About the Author

Barbara Watson Andaya is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i, USA. Leonard Y. Andaya is Professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Hawai'i, USA.


For many years the authoritative resource for students and the general reader, this third edition brings the Malaysia narrative right up to the present, and reviews the entire history of this extraordinary country in the light of recent research. The Andayas show that historical knowledge is absolutely essential to understand the dynamics of Malaysia today.
*Anthony Milner, Australian National University, Australia*

The history of Malaysia was a fine example of objective scholarship about the country's multifaceted development when it was first published over 30 years ago. The new edition brings that tangled story up to the present, confirming how truly remarkable the Andayas' achievement has been.
*Wang Gungwu, National University of Singapore, Singapore*

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