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Early Mainland Southeast Asia: From First Humans To AngkorEarly Mainland Southeast Asia: From First Humans To Angkor by Higham, Charles

This synthesis of the latest archaeological discoveries in Southeast Asia begins with the early hunter gatherers and concludes with the early states, with particular reference to Angkor. In conjunction with his own excavations in Northeast Thailand, Charles Higham reviews the important culture of the Iron Age that gave rise to these early civilizations. This book is the only up-to-date account of the ancient cultures of a diverse and geographically expansive area and is a unique compendium, essential for all those interested in this region.

Malaysian Islamic Party Pas 1951-2013, The: Islamism In A Mottled NationMalaysian Islamic Party Pas 1951-2013, The: Islamism In A Mottled Nation by Noor, Farish A.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party happens to be one of the oldest and biggest political parties in Malaysia today. This is a work that recounts the constructed nature of PAS, as a party that has undergone several transformations - from a left-leaning anti-colonial party in the 1950s and 1960s, to a right-leaning communitarian party in the 1970s, to a party inspired by the Iranian revolution in the 1980s, to its present avatar as a pro-democracy party. It shows how PAS has evolved along a non-linear path, and was shaped by a host of internal and external variable factors that impacted upon Malaysia and its complex society.

Life Beyond The Big Top: Stories Of The Tai Thean Kew CircusLife Beyond The Big Top: Stories Of The Tai Thean Kew Circus by Wong, Adele

This is a photo book that captures the history of the Tai Thean Kew Circus, a once-great Chinese circus established in Singapore in 1929. The collection of old photographs and surviving props and costumes that makes up this visual documentation belongs to Sze Ling Fen and Wong Fu Qi, lead performers of the circus. Sze Ling Fen's progenitors founded the circus, and through her eyes we get a glimpse of an almost five-decade-long performing career.

Fourteen Miles To BerjuntaiFourteen Miles To Berjuntai by L.A. Vincent

When Usup and his father left home one day they hoped to come across some more of that famous Malayan tin, but what they didn't expect to find on their way was what would become the start of the biggest coal mine in Malaya. Fourteen Miles to Berjuntai tells the story of the changes around the sleepy town of Batang Berjuntai, with the arrival of coal mines, rubber estates, railway tracks, tin mines and paddy fields, through the eyes of those who lived and worked alongside this 14-mile track. It charts the journeys of workers as they braved the dangers of the sea to make a life in Malaya and found themselves in a new world, fighting mosquitoes in the swamps, tigers from the jungle, monsoons and the scourge of opium, to build themselves and their families a new home. Fourteen Miles to Berjuntai gives you a window into Malaya's past like never before.

Mr Selden's Map Of China: The Spice Trade, A Lost Chart & The South China SeaMr Selden's Map Of China: The Spice Trade, A Lost Chart & The South China Sea by Brook, Timothy

In 1659, a vast and unusual map of China arrived in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It was bequeathed by John Selden, a London business lawyer, political activist, former convict, MP and the city's first Orientalist scholar. Largely ignored, it remained in the bowels of the library, until called up by an inquisitive reader. When Timothy Brook saw it in 2009, he realised that the Selden Map was 'a puzzle that had to be solved': an exceptional artefact, so unsettlingly modern-looking it could almost be a forgery. From the Gobi Desert to the Philippines, from Java to Tibet and into China itself, Brook uses the map (actually a schematic representation of China's relation to astrological heaven) to tease out the varied elements that defined this crucial period in China's history.

Indian And Chinese Immigrant Communities: Comparative PerspectivesIndian And Chinese Immigrant Communities: Comparative Perspectives by Jayati Bhattacharya; Coonoor Kripalani (Eds.)

This interdisciplinary collection of essays offers a window onto the overseas Indian and Chinese communities in Asia and across the globe. Contributors discuss the interactive role of the cultural and religious "other", the diasporic absorption of local beliefs and customs, and the practical business networks and operational mechanisms unique to these communities. This volume explores materials, cultural and imaginative features of the immigrant communities and brings together these two important communities within a comparative framework.

Shipwreck: A History Of Disasters At SeaShipwreck: A History Of Disasters At Sea by Willis, Sam

Shipwrecks have captured our imagination for centuries. Here acclaimed historian Sam Willis traces the astonishing tales of ships that have met with disastrous ends, along with the ensuing acts of courage, moments of sacrifice and episodes of villainy that inevitably occurred in the extreme conditions.

Memories Of ChinatownMemories Of Chinatown by Lowe-Ismail, Geraldene

Memories of Chinatown is a Singapore classic and is now republished with a new visual interpretation by watercolour artist Graham Byfield. Both a memoir and a narrative guide to the vibrant spirit of a bygone Singapore, it is written by much loved "walking treasure" and heritage tour pioneer Geraldene Lowe-Ismail. Blessed with a rich trove of stories and personal knowledge stretching over 50 years, Geraldene delivers a unique insight into the glory and past of one of Southeast Asia's truly original Chinatowns. For anyone interested in heritage architecture and culture, this is a fascinating read.

Remembering Socialist China, 1949-1976Remembering Socialist China, 1949-1976 by Mobo Gao; Dongping Han; Hao Qi

The entire period of Mao Zedong's leadership is now portrayed as a disaster, and any scrupulous efforts at questioning this version of events have been largely ignored by the international mass media. What is interesting is that the efforts of death toll-inflating academics and media appear to have had little impact on the working people of China. Indeed anti-Communists find the resilience of Mao's popularity baffling and frustrating. The common people are simply ruled out as rational actors. Swimming against the current of the academic industry and the international mass media, the contributors to this book have begun the task of recording the views and experiences of the common Chinese people regarding the period of socialist China, as a vital source of historical truth.

Age Of Agade, The: Inventing Empire In Ancient MesopotamiaAge Of Agade, The: Inventing Empire In Ancient Mesopotamia by Foster, Benjamin R.

The Age of Agade is the first book-length study of the Akkadian period of Mesopotamian history, which saw the rise and fall of the world's first empire during more than a century of extraordinary political, social, and cultural innovation. It draws together more than 40 years of research by one of the world's leading experts in Assyriology to offer an exhaustive survey of the Akkadian empire. Addressing all aspects of the empire, including its statecraft and military, territory and cities, arts, religion, economy, and production, The Age of Agade considers what can be said of Akkadian political and social history, material culture, and daily life.

Huns, TheHuns, The by Hyun Jin Kim

This volume is a concise introduction to the history and culture of the Huns. This ancient people had a famous reputation in Eurasian Late Antiquity. However, their history has often been evaluated as a footnote in the histories of the later Roman Empire and early Germanic peoples. Kim addresses this imbalance and challenges the commonly held assumption that the Huns were a savage people who contributed little to world history, examining striking geopolitical changes brought about by the Hunnic expansion over much of continental Eurasia and revealing the Huns' contribution to European, Iranian, Chinese and Indian civilization and statecraft.

Family Of Sir Stamford RafflesFamily Of Sir Stamford Raffles by Bastin, John; Julie Weizenegger

Drawing on a wide range of sources - including new findings from birth records, marriage registers, letters and wills - historian John Bastin and genealogical researcher Julie Weizenegger make an invaluable contribution to what is known about the members of Sir Stamford Raffles's family. Rigorously researched and engagingly written, this new book is a superb account of Raffles's ancestry, immediate family and closest relations - and how they connected with one another during each step of his celebrated career.

From Kilts To Sarong: Scottish Pioneers Of SingaporeFrom Kilts To Sarong: Scottish Pioneers Of Singapore by Berry, Graham

Guthrie, Fraser & Neave, Rodyk & Davidson, Sime Darby, Swan & Maclaren, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Straits Trading Company. These are just a few of the numerous companies with Scottish founders who continue to play an active role in the economy of Singapore. Written in a popular style, this book tells the story of the Scots -administrators, engineers, traders and various professionals - who helped to develop early Singapore and lay some of the foundations for its undoubted growth and success.

Abolitions As A Global ExperienceAbolitions As A Global Experience by Hideaki Suzuki (Ed.)

The abolition of slavery and similar institutions of servitude was an important global experience of the nineteenth century. Considering how tightly bonded into each local society and economy were these institutions, why and how did people decide to abolish them? This collection of essays examines the ways this globally shared experience appeared and developed. Chapters cover a variety of different settings, from West Africa to East Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, with close consideration of the British, French and Dutch colonial contexts, as well as internal developments in Russia and Japan.

Drifting Into Politics: The Unfinished Memoirs Of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul RahmanDrifting Into Politics: The Unfinished Memoirs Of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman by Tawfik Ismail & Ooi Kee Beng (Eds.)

Written from a first person point of view based on his personal writings, this book offers insights into the reasons the author left the medical profession to join politics at the persuasion of Tunku Abdul Rahman. Ismail's writings provides the reader with interesting background of the events and subtle negotiations leading to Malaya's independence in 1957.

Singapore Chronicles: HeritageSingapore Chronicles: Heritage by Ting, Kennie

Heritage means different things to different people. This book provides a guide to Singapore heritage and its preservation and promotion since 1959, when Singapore first attained full self-government and thereafter for the first 50 years of Independence. It conveys the thoughts of policy-makers, conservationists, architects, city planners, museum curators, historians, academics and community advocates.

Singapore Chronicles: Colonial SingaporeSingapore Chronicles: Colonial Singapore by Tarling, Nicholas

This book is a history of Singapore from the founding of a settlement by Raffles in 1819, to the post-imperial phase inaugurated by World War II and the Japanese invasion. The book captures the essence of the island-city's place in the Asian economic and political scheme of things as European imperialism reached its zenith before giving way to Japan's military advance. The fall of Singapore to the Japanese in February 1942 embodied the new times. The return of the British after the Japanese defeat in 1945 set the stage for a fresh phase of Singapore's political development as the anti-colonial movement grew in strength.

Of Whales And Dinosaurs: The Story Of Singapore's Natural History MuseumOf Whales And Dinosaurs: The Story Of Singapore's Natural History Museum by Tan, Kevin Y. L.

Officially established in 1878, the natural history collection originally housed at the Raffles Museum now has more than 560,000 specimens in its care, one of the largest collections of Southeast Asian plants and animals. This book is not only an institutional history of the museum but also recounts the frustrations, tenacity, and courage of the numerous individuals who battled officialdom, innovated endlessly, and overcame the odds to protect Singapore's natural history heritage. The book features 108 historical photographs and natural history illustrations printed in full colour throughout.

Nemesis: The First Iron Warship And Her WorldNemesis: The First Iron Warship And Her World by Marshall, Adrian G.

The Nemesis was the first of a generation of iron-clad, steam-powered naval vessels that established British dominance in Asian waters in the nineteenth century. The world's first iron warship, the first vessel with truly watertight compartments, and the first iron vessel to round the Cape of Good Hope. Yet strangely her story has never been told to modern audiences, and her origins and actions have until now been shrouded in mystery. This lively narrative places her in the historical context of the last years of the East India Company, and in the history of steam power and iron ships. It tells of her exploits in the First Opium War, in pirate suppression and naval actions across Asia, from Bombay to Burma to the Yangtze River and beyond.

Jerusalem: The Story Of A Great CityJerusalem: The Story Of A Great City by Millis, Joseph

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. In a dazzling narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that is believed will be the setting for the Apocalypse.