Barbara Watson Andaya , Leonard Y. Flyer Sample chapter. Recommend to library. First published in , this text is widely regarded as a leading general history of the country.
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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Leonard Y. While several recent studies deal with the impact of colonial rule and Malaysia's spectacular economic transition, this book is unique because it tracks developments from early times, and identifies continuities as well as change. Combining the authors' specialist knowledge of pre-colonial sources with the most recent contemporary research, this new edition reinforces A Hi While several recent studies deal with the impact of colonial rule and Malaysia's spectacular economic transition, this book is unique because it tracks developments from early times, and identifies continuities as well as change.
Combining the authors' specialist knowledge of pre-colonial sources with the most recent contemporary research, this new edition reinforces A History of Malaysia's position as a standard reference for all those interested in the historical processes that led to the emergence of this culturally varied and economically energetic country. Get A Copy. Paperback , 2nd Edition , pages. More Details Original Title.
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It's a textbook. So, it reads like a textbook. Useful info but I would have preferred a pop history if I could have found one. This is an excellent introduction to the main themes and developments in Malaysia's history, starting with archaeological findings from the region's earliest settlers but beginning in earnest from the foundation of Malacca in While over half the book deals with the modern, colonial and post-independence periods of Malaysia's history, the first chapters provide a solid, if sometimes slightly rushed, appraisal of the 'rhythms' of early-modern Malaysia.
This study would have benefited from a This is an excellent introduction to the main themes and developments in Malaysia's history, starting with archaeological findings from the region's earliest settlers but beginning in earnest from the foundation of Malacca in This study would have benefited from a greater use of maps, charts or photos to help complement the text, which can sometimes feel too abstract for a general history such as this.
Nevertheless, the scope of its research and breadth of analysis justifies a five-star rating, successfully providing an introductory understanding of Malaysia's history. Dec 04, Lweeze rated it really liked it. May 15, Richard Yu rated it it was amazing. Clear, concise, reasonably comprehensive history up to with minimal editorializing.
May 22, Rose Gan rated it it was amazing. Still the best general history of Malaysia, readable, erudite and succinct. A classic both too read and for reference! Oct 07, unperspicacious rated it really liked it Shelves: better-late-than-never. This book has become recommended background reading in university courses for a number of decades now with a Malay translation of the original edition to boot. It is not hard to see why. Its scope extends from the earliest known pre-historical archaeological fragments, to the past cultural and economic glories of the Srivijaya and Melaka periods, to encroaching colonialism and imperial rule, and finally contemporary affairs at time of publication the updated edition is dated The burden This book has become recommended background reading in university courses for a number of decades now with a Malay translation of the original edition to boot.
The burden of weaving such a synthesis together appears to have been worn quite lightly. The writing is not particularly inspired, but benefits from being concise without glossing over some amount of historical controversy. That being said, the penultimate chapter on recent developments from onwards feels almost obligatory, verging on sports commentary at times.
Much of this recent history I suspect will be common knowledge for most readers familiar with Malaysian affairs. The writers conclude by teasing out five themes from their historical survey that have permeated Malaysian history: 1 constant contact with the outside world for ideas, goods, people 2 the often symbiotic relationship between the rulers and the ruled 3 power struggles between political centres and peripheral areas 4 the nature of being 'Malay' 5 the incorporation and assimilation of migrants.
To this one could presumably also add other themes, such as the nature of sovereignty, commercial society, the role of Islam, perhaps even relations with and perceptions of the environment, and so on. The indicative bibliography at the back seems good although virtually only for English language readings , and is well-organised for readers looking at more specialized areas, including recent history.
View 1 comment. Jun 08, Calley rated it liked it. Picked this up as I was travelling to Malaysia and like to have a book to read to learn more about the place while I'm travelling. This book was not a good choice for such a purpose - it's way too dense and detail-laden for a casual reader. I found out after buying that this book is often used as a textbook, and it feels like it. Its not badly written and might be a great resource for a student or scholar looking for an introduction to Malaysian history.
For a casual reader, however, I would loo Picked this up as I was travelling to Malaysia and like to have a book to read to learn more about the place while I'm travelling.
For a casual reader, however, I would look elsewhere - personally I didn't get beyond the first chapter. I ended up reading A Malaysian Journey instead and found this to be a much better choice - a personal story with a lot of modern Malaysian history interwoven.
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A History of Malaysia (3rd) [Paperback]
This new history of Malaysia traces events in the Malay world from early times to the twentieth century and shows how they have contributed to the formation of modern Malaysia. The complex cultural heritage of Malaysia is shown to be decisive in shaping its history. But equally important is Malaysia's strategic position on an international trade route linking China, India, and the West. The changing world trade has been a determining factor in the growth and direction of Malaysia's political and social institutions. In this book, basic new research data on the pre period gathered not only from European archives but also from an extensive study of indigenous manuscripts and legends are incorporated with a useful synthesis of better known secondary materials. It is therefore both an introductory textbook on Malaysian history and an original contribution to the literature on Malaysia. A History of Malaysia.
A History of Malaysia