A Short History of Malaysia: Linking East and West (A Short History of Asia series)

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The origins of Malaysia's aboriginal peoples, the years of Western domination in the country, and the forceful political stance of its current leader are all outlined in this lively and informative account of Malaysia's history and politics. A concise and accessible look at this constantly changing country, this book is perfect for travelers, students, teachers, and businesspeople. Discussed are the major trends in its contemporary political life and the challenges the country faces in the 21st century as Malaysia serves as a model for rapid modernization. The lives of individuals from various time periods are examined to create a complete picture of Malaysia. Also included are maps and illustrations.

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Virginia Matheson Hooker is a professor of Indonesian and Malay at the Australian National University. She is the author of Culture and Society in New Order Indonesia, The Precious Gift, and Writing a New Society.

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“I cannot welcome this series warmly enough. It is sure to be a winner—and much needed.”  —Bill Bryson, author, In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods

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