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Kampung Tempe: Voices From A Malay VillageKampung Tempe: Voices From A Malay Village by Yahaya Sanusi & Hidayah Amin

The product of primary oral history research that spanned several years, this book captures glimpses of Kampung Tempe's varied history and records stories of life in the kampong, and of how the villagers produced tempe or fermented soya bean cakes. Kampung Tempe was a Javanese/Malay kampong located at Jalan Haji Alias in Bukit Timah. The only remaining trace of the kampung is the presence of the kampung's mosque, Masjid Al-Huda, which was in the past referred to as Masjid Kampung Tempe.

Raj At War, The: India's Second World War A People's History Of India's Second World WarRaj At War, The: India's Second World War A People's History Of India's Second World War by Khan, Yasmin

The Second World War was not fought by Britain alone. India produced the largest volunteer army in world history: over 2 million men. In this book, we hear the myriad voices of ordinary Indian people, from the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross, the nurses in Indian General Hospitals to labourers and their families in remote villages.

Early Kingdoms: Indonesian Archipelago & The Malay PeninsulaEarly Kingdoms: Indonesian Archipelago & The Malay Peninsula by Munoz, Paul Michel

At a time when sea navigation depended more on the skill and courage of sailors than on technology, men were nonetheless able to build maritime regional empires that stretched from Indochina to the Indonesian Archipelago. This book, which draws on a huge body of archaeological and documentary research, provides a much-needed overview of the history of the Malay Peninsula and insular Southeast Asia from its earliest times to the 16th century. It also provides an in-depth analysis of the international context of the political, economic and social evolution of these kingdoms, and so provides a useful background to the modern history of the region. This is an excellent book for those with a keen interest in the ancient history of the first kingdoms of the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago.

Racial Science And Human Diversity In Colonial IndonesiaRacial Science And Human Diversity In Colonial Indonesia by Sysling, Fenneke

Indonesia is home to diverse peoples who differ from one another in terms of physical appearance as well as social and cultural practices. The way such matters are understood is partly rooted in ideas developed by racial scientists working in the Netherlands Indies beginning in the late nineteenth century, who tried to develop systematic ways to define and identify distinctive races. Their work helped spread the idea that race had a scientific basis in anthropometry and craniology, and was central to people's identity, but their encounters in the archipelago also challenged their ideas about race. In this new monograph, Fenneke Sysling draws on published works and private papers to describe the way Dutch racial scientists tried to make sense of the human diversity in the Indonesian archipelago. The making of racial knowledge, it contends, cannot be explained solely in terms of internal European intellectual developments. It was 'on the ground' that ideas about race were made and unmade with a set of knowledge strategies that did not always combine well. Sysling describes how skulls were assembled through the colonial infrastructure, how measuring sessions were resisted, what role photography and plaster casting played in racial science and shows how these aspects of science in practice were entangled with the Dutch colonial Empire.

Royal Siamese State Railway Southern Line 1917Royal Siamese State Railway Southern Line 1917 by Ministry Of Communication

Royal Siamese State Railway Southern Line 1917 is a compilation of various works. The areas dealt with include Souvenir of the Opening of the Royal Siamese State Railway, Southern Line, 1917; Royal State Railways Siam, Southern Line, 1915; Photographs Relating to the Siamese Railway, 1898-1904; Railway Stations; and Thirtieth Annual Report on the Administration of the Royal State Railways, 1917, among others.

Lao Postcards By Alfred Raquez: A Collection Of His 166 Postcards From 1906Lao Postcards By Alfred Raquez: A Collection Of His 166 Postcards From 1906 by Ande, Diethard

This is a first attempt to bring together the 166 postcards that were produced in six series of 25 each as Collection Raquez and 16 out-of-series postcards produced by Decoly as Cliché Raquez and later also under his brand La Pagode. Raquez was the first traveler who systematically made photos in Laos around 1900. He made seven trips in Laos; the longest journey was seven months. Raquez organized the Lao Pavilion at the 1906 Marseille Exhibition, showing his large collection of textiles and artifacts gathered from around Laos.

Sacred Caves Of Tam Ting (Pak On), Luang Prabung, Laos: Mystery, Splendor, And DesecrationSacred Caves Of Tam Ting (Pak On), Luang Prabung, Laos: Mystery, Splendor, And Desecration by Egloff, Brian; Kristin Kelly

The Tam Ting (Pak Ou) Caves, are located some 25km north of the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, Laos. In 1992, as Laos was beginning to open up to the world, the University of Canberra and the Department of Information and Culture of the Lao People's Democratic Republic began a five-year collaboration on the conservation of the two caves and on the hundreds of Buddha statues that were found there. The team conducted all work to the highest standards permitted by the circumstances. But ten years after the close of the conservation project, many of the beautiful Buddha figures were gone, taken from their home and yet to be recovered. This is the story of the eaves, of the collaborative international conservation project, and of what happened after the project closed in 1997. It places the caves in context and explains their significance and beauty. The book is both a cautionary tale about the importance and fragility of material cultural heritage, and a message of hope for the future of heritage conservation in the region.

Short History Of British India, AShort History Of British India, A by Carlos, E. S.

Originally published in 1889 for use by the British middle and upper classes to prepare them for colonial administration, this book is a surprisingly sensitive description of India before and during British rule. Carlos, in conjunction with some 'old Indian friends', describes life under British rule, the geography and key religions of India and important historical moments both before and after the British conquest. This book is useful as a record of the colonial mindset near the turn of the twentieth century, and will be of value to anyone interested in the history of the British Empire and historical British attitudes to rule.

Tigers In The Park: The Wartime Heritage Of Adam ParkTigers In The Park: The Wartime Heritage Of Adam Park by Cooper, Jon

Adam Park is a very special place. It is a place where the membrane of time is at its thinnest, where you can reach out and touch history. This book unlocks that past. It prises out those memories from hidden places. It reveals the incredible, untold wartime heritage of the estate and the surrounding area. It is an uncompromising blow-by-blow account of a desperate battle told from the soldier's perspective. It is a day-by-day account of survival in a POW work camp, and a house-by-house account of life in Singapore before, during and after 1942. One estate, one year, one incredible wartime story. A snapshot of history as witnessed from the windows and porticos of each and every house on the Adam Park estate.

Global World Of Indian Merchants, 1750-1947: Traders Of Sind From Bukhara To PanamaGlobal World Of Indian Merchants, 1750-1947: Traders Of Sind From Bukhara To Panama by Markovits, Claude

Claude Markovits' book charts the development of two merchant communities in the province of Sind from the precolonial period, through colonial conquest and up to independence. Based on previously neglected archival sources, it describes how the communities came to control trading networks throughout the world, throwing light on the nature of these diasporas from South Asia in their interaction with the global economy. This is a sophisticated and accessible book that will appeal to students of South Asia, as well as to colonial historians and economic historians.

Portuguese In India, The (The New Cambridge History Of India)Portuguese In India, The (The New Cambridge History Of India) by Pearson, M. N.

The Portuguese were the first European imperial power in Asia. Dr. Pearson's volume of the History is a clear account of their activities in India and the Indian Ocean from the sixteenth century onwards that is written squarely from an Indian point of view. Laying particular stress on social, economic, and religious interaction between Portuguese and Indians, the author argues that the Portuguese had a more limited impact on everyday life in India than is sometimes supposed. Their imperial effort was characterized more by reciprocity and interaction than by an unilateral imposition of Portuguese mores and political structures.

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.

End Of Empire: 100 Days In 1945 That Changed Asia And The WorldEnd Of Empire: 100 Days In 1945 That Changed Asia And The World by Chandler, David P.; R. Cribb & L. Narangoa (Eds.)

Aiming to balance the focus on European events in global public discussions and reminiscences of World War II, End of Empire focuses on a brief, 100-day period at the end of the war across a broad sweep of eastern Asia - a time when the Indonesian and Vietnamese revolutions were born, the fragile wartime truce between Communists and Nationalists in China began to fray, and the first steps were made in Japan towards a new democratic order. Following a chronological order, the volume combines daily events with commentary, photographs, maps and personal accounts. More importantly, it is part of a radical, multi-faceted project to commemorate the period not just in print but also on screen and in 'real-time broadcasts' published day by day. Here, perhaps, is the form of scholarly publishing and learning of the future but without abandoning traditional standards.

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.