Rice In Malaya: A Study In Historical Geography
by Hill, R. D.
About This Book
Rice is a staple part of the diet of virtually every Malaysian, to the extent that in each of the major languages used in Malaysia, rice means food and food means rice. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Rice in Malaya opens with an examination of the often fragmentary evidence of rice-growing in prehistoric South-East Asia - the original home of this all-important crop - and then considers the great changes that followed the rise of commercial agriculture in the region before and during colonial times.
A pioneering work when it first appeared in 1977, Rice in Malaya successfully combined the area-by-area approach of the geographer with the period-by-period approach of the historian to give a well-balanced picture of rice-growing. The comprehensive use of evidence in several languages made the study the definitive work in the field.
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