Malaysia's multicultural society supports one of the most dynamic economies in Asia. This completely revised new edition of the standard text, first published twenty years ago, traces the history of the country from early times to the present day.
The authors give particular attention to the evolution of Malay polities and their close links with indigenous groups who lived on the oceans and in the deep jungles of the region, from Sumatra to Borneo. This provides the background to the establishment of the Malay port of Melaka, which was conquered by the Portuguese in 1511, foreshadowing the establishment of a British colonial regime in the late nineteenth century.
Although the large numbers of Chinese and Indian migrants who arrived to work in the tin and rubber industries contributed to economic expansion, colonial policies did not encourage communal interaction. The authors trace the process by which post-independence leaders in Malaya attempted to counter the legacy of ethnic hostility while answering Malay demands for an affirmation of their rights and a stronger commitment to Islam. The incorporation of the Borneo states of Sarawak and Sabah into the Federation of Malaysia in 1963 rendered the goal of welding a nation from areas that were geographically separated and culturally disparate even more problematic.
The intense emotions attached to issues of race were made tragically evident in the racial riots of May 1969, which this book sees as a watershed in modern Malaysian history. As Malaysia enters the twenty-first century, the government is determined to oversee the transition to an economy focused on manufacturing and advanced technology, and to eliminate poverty and the association between occupation and race.
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 precolonial sources with the most recent contemporary research, this new edition reinforces the position of A History of Malaysia position as a standard reference for all those interested in the historical processes which led to the emergence of this culturally varied and economically energetic country.
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"Authoritative, stimulating, up to date, this remains the first port of call for scholars, students and any traveller seeking to discover Malaysia's history." —Times Higher Education Supplement
"Ideal for introductory university use. . . . (The authors) write with impeccable objectivity without ducking the historical dimension of sensitive present-day issues like race relations." —Asian Affairs
"This is a fine historical textbook which can confidently be recommended to students of history, especially those at university level, but also to sixth formers, and to all readers who simply wish to learn more of the history of this interesting nation." —M. C. Ricklefs, University of Melbourne
"Barbara and Leonard Andaya have written a readable text that combines narrative and analysis, contains their own original research and the recent work of other historians, and discusses historiographical problems. . . . This is the best general history of Malaysia to appear to date." —A. J. Stockwell, University of London
"The Andayas have made excellent use of the recent monographic and periodical literature by both Western and Malaysian scholars to present an insightful account that is both interpretative and factual." —Craig Lockard, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Author: Andaya, Barbara Watson; Andaya, Leonard Y.;Barbara Watson Andaya
is professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i. Leonard Y. Andaya
is professor of history at the University of Hawai‘i.