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New Perspectives and Research on Malaysian History
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Historiography is both the study of the writing of history, and the history of historical writings. The book deals with the current research interests, methods, thinking and trends in Malaysian historical writing. The individual essays focus not only on new historical sources and methodologies, but also on debates between different schools of Malaysian historians on conceptual issues and on ways to reconstruct the Malaysian past. For a long time the primary object of Malaysian historical studies has been the nation-state, but some of the historians in this volume now argue that local history, social history, economic history, and the role of women, minorities and marginalized groups like trishaw riders are equally important concerns within Malaysia's socially diverse and multi-ethnic society. The essays also discuss challenges Malaysian historians face from new movements like post-modernism in representing historical truth and objectivity. This book should be of interest not only to students of Malaysian history, but also to the general reader.

Table of Contents

  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. iii
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. iv
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Scribes and Historians, State Museums And State Histories
  2. pp. 9-59
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  1. Re-Reading Adat Laws and Legal Texts as Sources of Malay Social Stability
  2. pp. 61-96
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  1. Syair as a Historical Source: The Syair Tantangan Singapura, a nineteenth century text
  2. pp. 97-117
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  1. New Theories and Challenges in Malaysian History
  2. pp. 119-145
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  1. Writing Marginalized Groups into Malaysian Social History
  2. pp. 147-158
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  1. The Gerschenkron Advantage:New directions for forging ahead in Malaysian Economic History
  2. pp. 159-178
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  1. Highlighting Malay Women In Malaysian Historiography
  2. pp. 179-209
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  1. Writing on Orang Asli1 into Malaysian History
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. Many Malayas: Placing Malaysia in a Historical Context
  2. pp. 229-245
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  1. Writing the History of theChinese in Malaysia:New Directions and bridging the gaps between two linguistic spheres
  2. pp. 247-270
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