This second edition of a standard text first published twenty years ago incorporates the most recent research in the history of Malaysia from early times to the present day, giving special attention to the economic and cultural influences that have shaped Malaysian society. While a number of recent books deal with the impact of colonial rule and Malaysia's spectacular economic transition, this work 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 research, especially on post-independence Malaysia, this new edition will reinforce A History of Malaysia's position as the standard reference for all interested in the heritage of this culturally varied and economically dynamic country.
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BARBARA WATSON ANDAYA is Professor in the Asian Studies Department at the University of Hawai'i. LEONARD Y. ANDAYA is Professor of History at the University of Hawai'i.Review:
'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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