The End of Empire and the Making of Malaya

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September 2006



This is the first general social and political history of Malaya. Focusing on the years 1945 to 1957, the last years of British rule and the achievement of independence, it embraces a wealth of social, economic and cultural, as well as political themes. It contains new research on the impact of the Second World War in Malaya, the origins and course of the Communist Emergency, and the response of Malaya's various ethnic communities to nationalism and social change. A concluding chapter takes these themes forward into the 1990s to shed new light on the emergence of this important Southeast Asian nation.


List of tables; Preface; List of abbreviations; Glossary of non-English terms; Introduction; 1. 'On the ruins of Melaka fort'; 2. The Malayan spring; 3. The revolt on the periphery; 4. Rural society and terror; 5. House of glass; 6. The advent of the 'Bumiputera'; 7. The politics of culture; 8. Making citizens; 9. The colonial inheritance; Bibliography; Index.


'In The End of Empire and the Making of Malaya, T. N. Harper offers a wide-ranging and detailed analysis of Malayan social trends, their causes and effects, in the years before independence ('Merdeka') in 1957... this comprehensive study opens new perspectives on how far pressures and initiatives in a divided society can generate change or conflict.' John Gullick, Times Literary Supplement 'It is without doubt a very significant piece of historical writing. The amount of detail collected and meticulously referenced, is impressive.' Bijdragen
EAN: 9780521004657
ISBN: 0521004659
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 436 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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