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A Short History of Malaysia : Linking East and West - Virginia Matheson Hooker

A Short History of Malaysia

Linking East and West

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One of the last British colonies to achieve independence, Malaysia has been developed by its leaders as a model of rapid modernisation. From an earlier image as a romantic tropical backwater, it is now a self-conscious, rapidly developing, hi-tech nation-state stretching from Thailand to the sea boundaries of the Philippines. But the past remains a crucial part of Malaysia's present...In this concise history, Virginia Matheson Hooker takes the lives of individuals as examples of their times and describes how the peoples of Malaysia became masters of their extremely varied environments - not only by exploiting the rich natural advantages, but by linking into the complex patterns of trade in the region. Many of the skills of diplomacy, alliance and adaptation Malaysians developed over the centuries are used today as the country embraces globalisation while still participating in international life in distinctly Malaysian ways...From the origins of its aboriginal peoples, through the years of Western domination to the forceful culture politics of Dr Mahathir, this is a lively and very informative account of Malaysia's past and the major trends in its contemporary political life and the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

Acknowledgments ix..Preface x..Abbreviations xiii..Maps xv..1. Malaysia as history 1..2. Peopling Malaysia 13..3. Networks of Power and Exchange 33..4. Melaka: a traditional Malay kingdom 58..5. Johor and Kedah: contracts and alliances 78..6. Pressures for change 95..7. Responses to colonialism 131..8. Transition to Independence 170..9. Malaysia is born 209..10. Developing new visions 241..Appendices.. Time chart 278.. Fact File 283..Glossary 289..Notes 293..Bibliographic essay 299..Bibliography 308..Index

ISBN: 9781741151466
ISBN-10: 1741151465
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st June 2003
Edition Number: 1