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Early Missionaries In Bangkok: The Journals Of Tomlin, Gutzlaff And Abeel 1828-1832Early Missionaries In Bangkok: The Journals Of Tomlin, Gutzlaff And Abeel 1828-1832 by Farrington, Anthony (Ed.)

Early Missionaries in Bangkok brings together the journals of Tomlin, of the London Missionary Society at that time; Gutzlaff, a German with some medical training and connected with the Netherlands Missionary Society; and Abeel, appointed by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Their experiences and observations are among the very few glimpses of Bangkok and its Chinese community in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama III, as seen through "Western" eyes and recorded in the more enduring part of their journals. The extensive passages devoted purely to biblical quotations and Christian moralizing have been omitted. Anthony Farrington's introduction sets the journals in historical context.

Uncertainty, Anxiety, Frugality: Dealing With Leprosy In The Dutch East Indies, 1816-1942Uncertainty, Anxiety, Frugality: Dealing With Leprosy In The Dutch East Indies, 1816-1942 by Van Bergen, Leo

The story of leprosy in the Dutch East Indies from the beginning of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th reveals important themes in the colonial enterprise across the territory that is today's Indonesia. Operating in a territory with only a few hundred Western-trained doctors and a population in the tens of millions, Dutch colonial officials approached leprosy with uncertainty and anxiety. Leo van Bergen's detailed, attentive study to changing policies for treatment and prevention of leprosy (now often called Hansen's disease) is fascinating medical history, and provides a useful lens for understanding colonialism in Indonesia.

Three Women Of Annam: Womanhood In 1920S VietnamThree Women Of Annam: Womanhood In 1920S Vietnam by Chivas-Baron, Clothilde

Three Women of Annam. Womanhood in 1920s Vietnam was written by a French feminist of the early hours. She tells the story of three local women, contrasting their destinies as they belonged to different social strata. They are the daughter of a high-placed official called against her will to the imperial palace, a peasant woman ending in a city sweatshop due to the usury of a Chinese shop-keeper, and a so-called congaie, an indigenous woman in consecutive relationships with French colonial officials. The last of these women lives the most precarious, although intermittently rich, life. In status barely beyond life on the streets as a prostitute, she often has mixed-breed offspring that suffer a discrimination that perpetuates the near-abhorence of Asians for the foreign devils. The migrant to the city is tempted by the luxury associated with being a Frenchman's local wife. The noble woman's life, while in appearance the least difficult, has its own problems as a satisfactory emotional life escapes her in the face of absolute power. Prominent is the inner debate women have to conduct when confronted with the possibility of joining French wealth in the face of their own Annamese poverty. The destinies are plotted into timeless love-stories, happy-end included. In passing, the author offers glimpses of the daily life of French colonials, colonial delights such as opium, the pervasive role of Vietnamese ancestor worship, the stigma of a childless marriage, second wives, and the populace's fears and superstitions, in a Vietnam occupied by the French.

Economic Conditions Of North-Eastern Siam (1929)Economic Conditions Of North-Eastern Siam (1929) by Ministry Of Commerce And Communications

The Economic Conditions of North-Eastern Siam is the report of the first economic survey of Isan, conducted by Reginald Stuart Le May in 1929. Prior to 1929, not much was known of neglected Northeast Siam, previously called Laos. The population, almost 4 million, 1/3rd of the Kingdom's, was primarily ethnically Lao and Khmer. Le May's work, the result of provincial-level questionnaires, provides foundational knowledge of the contours of economic life in this neglected region just as Siam's 1932 constitutional revolution took place. Leedom Lefferts wrote the introduction and compares the work with Carle C. Zimmermann's Siam: Rural Economic Survey 1930-1931 (Available as a White Lotus Press reprint).

Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History Of Singapore (1880-1940)Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History Of Singapore (1880-1940) by Warren, James Francis

Between 1880 and 1930 colonial Singapore attracted tens of thousands of Chinese immigrant laborers, brought to serve its rapidly growing economy. This book chronicles the vast movement of coolies between China and the Nanyang, and their efforts to survive in colonial Singapore. Focusing in on one particular occupation, of rickshaw coolie, this study unveils the devastating poverty of the Chinese sojourner in the colonial city, the disjunctions between colonial order and the reality of life on the streets. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including Coroner's records overlooked for many years, and making use of the technique of collective biography, this book brings to life the texture of experience, the ironies and - often - the despair of the laborers of urban Singapore. In the years since its original publication in 1986, Rickshaw Coolie has become an inspiration to those seeking to come to grips with Singapore's past.

Views From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy PerspectivesViews From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy Perspectives by Ahmad Murad Merican; Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk

Views from Pulau Pinang brings together the writings of members of the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, with the aim of providing critical and alternative perspectives at the nexus between academia and policy discourse. Relating back to the history and intellectual traditions of Pulau Pinang it seeks to situate themes of knowledge production and social science research within a geographic space which has itself long been subject to forces of orientalism, colonisation, modernisation, developmentalism, globalisation, nationalism and intellectual captivity, but also forces of decolonisation, anti-orientalism and localism. It explores these forces in the context of nation-building, development and education, calling for new approaches to urbanization and the relationship between the city and kampung, the university system and the digital revolution, and the nation-state and governance.

Red Star Over The Third WorldRed Star Over The Third World by Prashad, Vijay

From Cuba to Vietnam, from China to South Africa, the October Revolution remains as an inspiration. After all, that Revolution proved that the working class and the peasantry could not only overthrow an autocratic government but that it could form its own government, in its image. It proved decisively that the working class and the peasantry could be allied. It proved as well the necessity of a vanguard party that was open to spontaneous currents of unrest, but which could guide a revolution to completion. This book explains the power of the October Revolution for the Third World. It is not a comprehensive study, but a small book with a large hope - that a new generation will come to see the importance of this revolution for the working class and peasantry in that part of the world that suffered under the heel of colonial domination.

Penang Hill: A Journey Through TimePenang Hill: A Journey Through Time by Gibby, Mike

Penang Hill exudes a charm that is hard to quantify. For most of its history, its highest ridges were the preserve of the rich and privileged, while its slopes were cleared for cloves, nutmeg and coffee plantations. In this volume, author Mike Gibby has captured not only the fascinating 'journey through time' of Penang Hill but also what it means to visitors, residents, Penang and the world, including a discussion of its possible futures and a helpful walker's guide for discovering many of its hidden gems. Lavishly illustrated with over 500 images, many never seen before, this is truly a book to treasure.

Nanyang: Essays On HeritageNanyang: Essays On Heritage by Wang Gungwu

This volume is a book of reflections and encounters about the region that the Chinese knew as Nanyang. The essays in it look back at the years of uncertainty after the end of World War II and explore the period largely through images of mixed heritages in Malaysia and Singapore. They also look at the trends towards social and political divisiveness following the years of decolonization in Southeast Asia. Never far in the background is the struggle to build new nations during four decades of an ideological Cold War and the Chinese determination to move from near-collapse in the 1940s and out of the traumatic changes of the Maoist revolution to become the powerhouse that it now is.

Ancient World In Minutes: The History And Achievements Of The First Great CivilizationsAncient World In Minutes: The History And Achievements Of The First Great Civilizations by Philips, Charles

Clear, concise yet wide-ranging, The Ancient World in Minutes is the quickest way to understand the great civilizations of the distant past. From the first-ever cities of Sumeria and Babylon around 3500 BCE to the fall of Rome and the bloody demise of the Aztecs, here - in 200 mini-essays - are the critical leaders and wars; ideas and inventions; myths and religions; and art and architecture of the first 5000 years of recorded history. Contents include Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, The Persian Empire, Classic Greece, The Roman Republic, the Maya, The Inca and many more.

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred CityAngkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City by Mccullough, Theresa; S. Murphy Et Al

This catalogue aimed at the general reader accompanies the exhibition Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City. Full-colour images and write-ups of all objects in the show, along with essays on a range of topics including pre-Angkorian cities, the 19th-century French exploratory missions, display of Cambodian culture and objects back in France, and the styles of Khmer sculpture enhance the experience of the show.

Traces Of The Ramayana And Mahabharata In Javanese And Malay LiteratureTraces Of The Ramayana And Mahabharata In Javanese And Malay Literature by Ding Choo Ming & Willem Van Der Molen (Eds.)

Local renderings of the two Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in Malay and Javanese literature have existed since around the ninth and tenth centuries. In the following centuries new versions were created alongside the old ones, and these opened up interesting new directions. They questioned the views of previous versions and laid different accents, in a continuous process of modernization and adaptation, successfully satisfying the curiosity of their audiences for more than a thousand years. Much of this history is still unclear. For a long time, scholarly research made little progress, due to its preoccupation with problems of origin. The present volume, going beyond identifying sources, analyses the socio-literary contexts and ideological foundations of seemingly similar contents and concepts in different periods; it examines the literary functions of borrowing and intertextual referencing, and calls upon the visual arts to illustrate the independent character of the epic tradition in Southeast Asia.

China Mission, The: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947China Mission, The: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947 by Kurtz-Phelan, Daniel

A nuanced history of the doomed diplomatic mission that turned the tides of the Chinese Civil War. Following the success of George C. Marshall's leadership of the American army during the Second World War, he was the obvious candidate for the international mission to broker a coalition government between China's warring Nationalists and Communists. As a US "special representative" Marshall began enacting miraculous change and under his guiding hand, China's political factions agreed to a ceasefire and settled on the principles of a democratic government. But then the agreements Marshall brokered fractured and civil war came to China. This fascinating history portrays the incredible beginnings and ultimate failure of Marshall's high-stakes mission. In spellbinding detail, it chronicles an unforgettable miss-step in American diplomacy that changed the course of global politics for ever more.

Sun Tzu: The Art Of WarSun Tzu: The Art Of War by Sun Tzu

Written over two thousand years ago, The Art of War contains penetrating insights into the nature of power, inter-state rivalry, realpolitik and military success, relevant to any age. It was first translated into English in the early 20th century. Sun Tzu's short lines of argument and pithy aphorisms are highly accessible to modern readers, and his text has almost achieved cult status. Sun Tzu's advice is shrewd and pragmatic - he does not glory in slaughter and prefers to win battles off the battlefield if possible; he is a strong supporter of the use of deception, of varying your shots and above all, of doing your research: knowing your enemy is key; but of little use if you do not also 'know yourself'.

Exhibiting The Fall Of Singapore: Close Readings Of A Global EventExhibiting The Fall Of Singapore: Close Readings Of A Global Event by Schumacher, Daniel; Stephanie Yeo (Eds.)

In September 2017, the National Museum of Singapore launched Witness to War: Remembering 1942, a special international exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. In conjunction with Witness to War, an international conference - Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and Its Aftermath in Asia - was held at the museum on 4 & 5 September 2017. The conference brought international academics and museum practitioners together in conversation about the ways in which Asia's violent mid-20th-century history is understood and represented. It was co-organised with the War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership, an international, interdisciplinary network of academic specialists funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This publication is a collection of papers presented at the conference.

People's History Of Malaysia, A: With Emphasis On The Development Of NationalismPeople's History Of Malaysia, A: With Emphasis On The Development Of Nationalism by Syed Husin Ali

This book presents a brief people's history of Malaysia (formerly Malaya). Its approach is different from that which is often regarded as Official History because it focuses upon the process of making history from below, through the contribution of everyday people to the history of Malaya and Malaysia, and is written in a popular and not academic style. In focusing on the contribution of the people to the making of history, this book chronicles the development of nationalism and the rise of mass-based politics and people's independence movements alongside movements related to workers, women, students and indigenous peoples in the formation of a Malaysian nation state.

Records, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural HeritageRecords, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage by Anjana Sharma (Ed.)

This volume has at its conceptual core the inter-regional networks of Nalanda Mahavihara and its unique place in the Asian imaginary. The revival of Nalanda university in 2010 as a symbol of a shared inter-Asian heritage is this collection's core narrative. The multidisciplinary essays interrogate ways in which ideas, objects, texts, and travellers have shaped - and in turn have been shaped by - changing global politics and the historical imperative that underpins them. The question of what constitutes cultural authenticity and heritage valuation is inscribed from positions that support, negate, or reframe existing discourses with reference to Southeast and East Asia. The essays in this collection offer critical, scholarly, and nuanced views on the vexed questions of regional and inter-regional dynamics, of racial politics and their flattening hegemonic discourses in relation to the rich tangible and intangible heritage that defines an interconnected Asia.

Empire's New Clothes, The : The Myth Of The CommonwealthEmpire's New Clothes, The : The Myth Of The Commonwealth by Murphy, Philip

In the wake of Brexit, the Commonwealth has been identified as an important body for future British trade and diplomacy, but few know what it actually does. How is it organised and what has held it together for so long? How important is the Queen's role as Head of the Commonwealth? Most importantly, why has it had such a troubled recent past, and is it realistic to imagine that its fortunes might be reversed? In The Empire's New Clothes, Murphy strips away the gilded self-image of the Commonwealth to reveal an irrelevant institution afflicted by imperial amnesia. He offers a personal perspective on this complex and poorly understood institution, and asks if it can ever escape from the shadow of the British Empire to become an organisation based on shared values, rather than a shared history.

Pulp: A Short Biography Of The Banished Book (Volume I Of V) by Rao, Shubigi

Since 2013 Shubigi Rao has been working on 'Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book', a decade -long film, book and visual art project about the history of book destruction, censorship and other forms of repression, as well as the book as a symbol of resistance. This involves visiting public and private collections, libraries and archives globally that served as flashpoints in history, collecting fragments, ephemera, anecdotes, buried secrets and piecing together (through the film, book and artworks) a composite chronology of the conjoined literary and violent trajectories of our species. This is the first volume of five, released in January 2016. The remaining four volumes will be published every two years.

NigeriaNigeria by

Known as the African Giant, Nigeria's story is complex and often contradictory. How, despite the ravages of colonialism, civil war, ongoing economic disappointment and most recently the Boko Haram insurgency, has the country managed to stay together for a hundred years? Why, despite an abundance of oil, mineral and agricultural wealth, have so many of its people remained in poverty? These are the key questions explored by Richard Bourne in this remarkable and wide-ranging account of Nigeria's history, from its creation in 1914 to the historic 2015 elections and beyond.