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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of Malaysia

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9780230293533
Publication Date November 2016
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This brand new edition of A History of Malaysia brings the story of this fascinating country up to date, incorporating the latest scholarship on every period of Malaysian history. A new chapter provides insights into Malaysian history of the last 15 years, including the growing influence of the internet and social media in the political sphere. Fresh analysis of Islam's historical role in the Malay world and how it links with the growing Islamization of Malaysia today makes this a timely study.

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.

Preface to the Third Edition
Note on Spelling
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, 1969-19999. Malaysia at a Cross-Roads, 1999-2015
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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
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