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Historical dictionary of Malaysia
Kaur, Amarjit, 1948-
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
li, 351 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
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DS596 .K36 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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More entries on significant persons, places and events are now included, amplified by annexes and tables. There is a thorough introduction that gives the reader general background, and a chronology to provide a visual map of events. Finally, the bibliography's extensive listings provide valuable sources of further information.

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Choice Review

Although Malaysia has one of Southeast Asia's more vibrant economies, information about it is scarce. This work therefore stands as an important contribution to the study of a country that is ethnically diverse and rich in resources. Entries are balanced and provide concise information, but the emphasis in choice of entries is unfortunate. Entries for ethnic groups, languages, and literature have been neglected in favor of social and political terms and events; although the compiler provides entries for all the political parties and for prominent political figures, there are none for authors, literary organizations, music, or dance. A chronology, register of sultans and cabinet officials, list of ethnic groups, and population and general economic statistics make this a handy reference source for novices and experts alike. The 104-page bibliography updates Ian Brown and R. Ampalavanar's Malaysia (CH, Dec'86) and is an essential guide to recent scholarly literature. Malaysia is the fifth Southeast Asian country to appear in this series, raising hopes there will be more. Upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty. C. L. Mitchell; University of WisconsinDSMadison

Table of Contents

Mapsp. vii
Tablesp. xii
Editor's Forewordp. xxvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxix
Notes to the Readerp. xxxi
Acronymsp. xxx
Chronologyp. xxxix
Introductionp. 1
The Dictionaryp. 31
Appendix 1 Cabinet Line-Up 2000p. 241
Appendix 2 Paramount Rulersp. 247
Appendix 3 Prime Ministersp. 249
Appendix 4 Detailed Classification of Ethnic Groups, Peninsula, Malaysia, Sabah, and Sarawak, 1970 and 1980p. 251
Appendix 5 Malaysia: Population Groups, 1991p. 255
Appendix 6 Malaysia: Export Structurep. 257
Glossaryp. 259
Bibliographyp. 263
Part 1 Bibliographies and Indexesp. 266
Dictionaries and Directoriesp. 268
Encyclopediasp. 269
Government Documentsp. 269
Map Collectionsp. 270
Travel Accounts and Guide Booksp. 270
Statistical Abstractsp. 272
Scholarly Journalsp. 272
Local and Regional Newspapers and English Language Periodicalsp. 273
Part 2 Historyp. 274
Politicsp. 288
Economyp. 300
Societyp. 316
Culturep. 327
Sciencesp. 337
About the Authorp. 351