During the past decade a number of historians have carried out fundamental work on various aspects of Malaysian history. These studies reflect the priorities of. As Malaysia enters the twenty-first century, the government is determined to this new edition reinforces the position of A History of Malaysia position as a. This brand new edition of A History of Malaysia brings the story of this fascinating country up to date, incorporating the latest scholarship on.

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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 abdaya rule and Malaysia’s spectacular economic transition, this work is unique because it tracks developments from early times anddaya 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. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is a Malaysian government and academic favorite, as was very quickly made clear to hhistory, but not for its academic depth or the purely sholarly tackling of contentioius historical issues. Quite the contrary, this book is a favorite due to its smooth, polished, there-are-never-nor-have-there-ever-been-problems approach to modern Malaysian history. This is a popular book as it is a recently published history, which implies it is full of new research.

A quick study of the source references shows precious little primary resources, and a great deal of secondary sources; the book is a collection of previous histories. This is not to say it is worthless.

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The book is indeed an adequate, up-to-date introduction to the basic issues and facts of Malaysian history, and as such is acceptable. But what you will not find is anything even remotely controversial or unflattering about Malaysia and Malaysians, especially the country under Mahathir. The thrust of this book is that all is well in Malaysia, all has been well, and the future is rosy indeed for all. Tragic and unfortunate events are not addressed. For example, the description of the politically-driven ethnic riots of the 60s is very poorly done, with hostory blame for the mob murders of hundreds of ethnic Chinese apparently being placed upon the Chinese for starting the trouble in the first place an issue itself in doubt.

The glossing-over of controversy is maalaysia recognizable throughout the book, which aa enough becomes a pro-Malay bias. This eventually taints the book as a serious and balanced work of historical research, but keeps it on Malaysian bookshelves.

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If it were totally unbiased, direct, aggressive, and unflinching in examining and reporting Malaysian history, it would also be banned there. A must read though. This is an excellent historical introduction to Malaysia’s past. It is a must read for anyone interested on Malaysia. However, if you are looking for an history of history writing and historical interpretation in Malayssia in this book then you would be disappointed.


Ajdaya usually wish a lot more from such a good book. Nonetheless, the book badly needs anxaya revised edition, after it appeared nearly 16 years ago. The book is valuable in giving perspective to Malaysian history.

It surveys the cultural roots of the nation in an excellent description of the early period. The contribution of the colonial period to the nation’s development is explained but not over-emphasised. Alot of information that you may not care for if you really want to know about the people of Malaysia per say. I do recommend it however, if you are interested in why another part of the world withdraws from Western culture, or why Mxlaysia influence is so prominent in Malaysia.

Shamsul Akmar’s editorial commentary from daily English based newspaper The Star in peninsular Malaysia, is this book really worth reading? See all 5 reviews.

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