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Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
John A. Nagl
0226567702
September 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Review
Michael Schrage Washington Post :  "[A] highly regarded counterinsurgency manual."-Michael Schrage, Washington Post
Tom Baldwin Times (UK) : "The success of DPhil papers by Oxford students is usually gauged by the amount of dust they gather on library shelves. But there is one that is so influential that General George Casey, the US commander in Iraq, is said to carry it with him everywhere. Most of his staff have been ordered to read it and he pressed a copy into the hands of Donald Rumsfeld when he visited Baghdad in December. Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife (a title taken from T.E. Lawrence - himself no slouch in guerrilla warfare) is a study of how the British Army succeeded in snuffing out the Malayan insurgency between 1948 and 1960 - and why the Americans failed in Vietnam. . . . It is...


The Music of Malaysia
Patricia Ann Matusky
075460831X
June 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Music of Malaysia is a history, appreciation and analysis of Malaysian music in its many and varied forms. It was first published in Malay in 1997. This revised and updated edition is the first in English. The book categorizes the types of music genres found in Malaysian society and provides an overview of the development of music in that country. Analyses of the music are illustrated with many examples transcribed from original field recordings. Genres discussed include theatrical and dance forms, percussion ensembles, vocal and instrumental music and classical music. The Music of Malaysia is an excellent introduction to and exploration of the country's vibrant musical culture.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)

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Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak (Oxford in Asia Hardback Reprints)
Harriette McDougall, et al
019588583X


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Book Description
In 1848, Reverend Francis McDougall and his wife Harriette from England arrived in Sarawak, invited by the Rajah, Sir James Brooke, to be missionaries. First published in 1882, Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak was based on Harriette McDougall's journal, which she had kept during her twenty
years in Kuching, and on her letters home. In the book, Harriette is a participant in events which are the stuff of history--whether the Chinese Insurrection or the plotting of the Malays or the presence of pirates which infested the Seas from Singapore to China--and although her views may differ
from ours, she emerges from these pages as a perceptive and intelligent woman, deeply involved in everything around her, and affectionately devoted to the people whom she believed she had been called by God to serve. Her various...


Glass Palace
Amitav Ghosh
0375758771
February 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Ghosh's epic novel of Burma and Malaya over a span of 115 years is the kind of "sweep of history" that readers can appreciateDeven loveDdespite its demands. There is almost too much here for one book, as over the years the lives and deaths of principal characters go flying by. Yet Ghosh (The Calcutta Chromosome; Shadow Lines) is a beguiling and endlessly resourceful storyteller, and he boasts one of the most arresting openings in recent fiction: in the marketplace of Mandalay, only the 11-year-old Indian boy Rajkumar recognizes the booming sounds beyond the curve of the river as English cannon fire. The year is 1885, and the British have used a trade dispute to justify the invasion and seizure of Burma's capital. As a crowd of looters pours into the fabled Glass Palace, the dazzling throne room of the nine-roofed...


Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the United States (Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific.)
Dru C. Gladney (Editor)
0804730482
October 1998
Paperback
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Malaysia
Anand Radhakrishnan
0836823605
May 2003
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
An overview of Malaysia that includes information on geography, history, government, language, culture, and current issues.


A Short History of Malaysia
Virginia Matheson Hooker
1864489553
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The origins of Malaysia's aboriginal peoples, the years of Western domination in the country, and the forceful political stance of its current leader are all outlined in this lively and informative account of Malaysia's history and politics. A concise and accessible look at this constantly changing country, this book is perfect for travelers, students, teachers, and businesspeople. Discussed are the major trends in its contemporary political life and the challenges the country faces in the 21st century as Malaysia serves as a model for rapid modernization. The lives of individuals from various time periods are examined to create a complete picture of Malaysia. Also included are maps and illustrations.

About the Author
Virginia Matheson Hooker is a professor of Indonesian and...


BUFFALOES OVER SINGAPORE : RAF, RAAF, RNZAF and Dutch Brester Fighters in Action Over Malaya and the East Indies 1941-1942
Brian Cull
1904010326
July 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Brewster B-339 Buffalo received much criticism during its brief service with the RAF, some justified, some not. Some of the pilots who eventually flew it in combat were happy with their mounts, others hated it as an operational fighter.

Rightly considered below par for service in the UK, the vast majority of the 170 aircraft acquired by the RAF Purchasing Commission from the United States was diverted for use in the Far East, where it was believed they would be superior to any Japanese aircraft encountered should hostilities break out there.

This assessment was to prove tragically very incorrect. When war did erupt, the Japanese Army Air Force - with its highly maneuverable Ki-27 and Ki-43 fighters - and the Japanese Navy Air Force equipped with the mighty A6M Zero, proved vastly superior in just...


From Third World to First: The Singapore Story, 1965-2000
Yew, Lee Kuan
0060197765
October 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
In this memoir, the man most responsible for Singapore's astonishing transformation from colonial backwater to economic powerhouse describes how he did it over the last four decades. It's a dramatic story, and Lee Kuan Yew has much to brag about. To take a single example: Singapore had a per-capita GDP of just $400 when he became prime minister in 1959. When he left office in 1990, it was $12,200 and rising. (At the time of this book's writing, it was $22,000.) Much of this was accomplished through a unique mix of economic freedom and social control. Lee encouraged entrepreneurship, but also cracked down on liberties that most people in the West take for granted--chewing gum, for instance. It's banned in Singapore because of "the problems caused by spent chewing gum inserted into keyholes and mailboxes and on elevator...


Post-Colonial Chinese Literatures in Singapore and Malaysia
Wong Yoon Wah
1879771683
Sept 2002
Paperback
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War of the Running Dogs: Malaya, 1948-1960
Noel Barber
0304366714
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Only three short years after the end of the Japanese occupation, war came again to Malaya. The Chinese-backed guerrillas called it the War of the Running Dogs - their contemptuous term for those in Malaya who remained loyal to the British. The British Government referred to this bloody and costly struggle as the 'Malayan Emergency'. Yet it was a war that lasted twelve years and cost thousands of lives.

By the time it was over Malaya had obtained its independence - but on British, not on Chinese or Communist terms. Here is the war as it was. Here are the planters and their wives on their remote rubber estates, the policemen, the generals and the soldiers, the Malays, Chinese and Indians of a polyglot country, all fighting an astute, ruthless, and well organized enemy.


Malaysia
Ann Heinrich
0516269577
March 2005
Paperback
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Malaysia
Wendy Khadijah Moore
9814068772
Nov 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Malaysia: A Pictorial History 1400­2004 documents the history of Malaysia from the beginning of the Melakan Sultanate approximately 600 years ago to the emergence of Malaysia as a modern nation during the last two centuries. The chief focus is on everyday life as it has been experienced by Malaysians of all classes and ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The period before 1850 is documented with sketches and maps and the later period is documented with photographs. Containing over 1,000 images, this book records not only people but also their dress, cultural and religious traditions and social relationships. It shows the changing physical environment in which people lived, such as traditional and modern buildings, and buildings with a mix of architectural influences. The appearance of some parts of the country has...


Malaysia
Jonathan Rowell
0817245316
March 1997
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Examines the history, geography, and current economic conditions in Malaysia and discusses where the country is headed in the future.


Malaysia in Pictures (Visual Geography Series)
Francesca Di Piazza
0822526743
February 10, 2006
Library Binding
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Administrators and Their Service
Naimah S. Talib
9835600317
Dec 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a historical study of the Sarawak Administrative Service from its early beginnings in the 1840s to the end of the British Colonial rule in 1963. It highlights the Service's response to the particular and demanding circumstances of Sarawak and focuses on the officers who formed the
mainstay of the Service, providing information on their background, modes of recruitment, training, and conditions of service.


Tropical Style: Contemporary Dream Houses in Malaysia
Gillian Beal, et al
0794600212
February 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
With over 350 full-color photographs taken in more than 30 contemporary homes, Tropical Style evokes the essence of "Malaysian Style." Idyllic beach resort villas, classic courtyards, and beautiful townhouses set in lush tropical gardens demonstrate how indigenous cultural forms and natural materials blend with foreign influences to create a look distinct to tropical Asia. The author shows how local craftsmen adapt contemporary designs to a hot, humid climate. The result is a showcase of multicultural and multifaceted eclecticism that will delight and inspire.

About the Author
Gillian Beal studied History of Art in the United Kingdom and has lived in London, Paris, Jeddah, and Bangkok. She worked as a media relations consultant in Hong Kong before moving to...


Malaysia
Allen Roberts
1590842014
March 2002
Hardcover
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The Chinese in Malaysia
Kam Hing Lee
9835600562
July 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a comprehensive study of one of the three major ethnic groups which make up the Malaysian society and nation, covering the historical, economic, political, and socio-cultural development of the Chinese in Malaysia.


History of Malaysia
Barbara Watson Andaya
0312381212
September 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
During the past decade a number of historians have carried out fundamental work on various aspects of Malaysian history. These studies reflect the priorities of a new generation of scholars, both Malaysian and Western, whose primary interest is the development of the indigenous society. A history of Malaysia which incorporates recent research is long overdue and this book is intended to fill that gap. This new history of Malaysia traces events in the Malay world from early times to the twentieth century and shows how they have contributed to the formation of modern Malaysia. The complex cultural heritage of Malaysia is shown to be decisive in shaping its history. But equally important is Malaysia's strategic position on an international trade route linking China, India, and the West. The changing world trade has been a...


Malaysia: The Beautiful
Jennifer Rodrigo
1859749445
April 2002
Paperback
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Contesting Malayness: Malay Identity Across Boundaries
Timothy P. Barnard (Editor)
9971692791
March 30, 2004
Paperback
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History of Malaysia
Barbara Watson Watson Andaya
0824824245
February 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
During the past decade a number of historians have carried out fundamental work on various aspects of Malaysian history. These studies reflect the priorities of a new generation of scholars, both Malaysian and Western, whose primary interest is the development of the indigenous society. A history of Malaysia which incorporates recent research is long overdue and this book is intended to fill that gap. This new history of Malaysia traces events in the Malay world from early times to the twentieth century and shows how they have contributed to the formation of modern Malaysia. The complex cultural heritage of Malaysia is shown to be decisive in shaping its history. But equally important is Malaysia's strategic position on an international trade route linking China, India, and the West. The changing world trade has been a...


The Seas (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia)

9813018453
September 2003
Hardcover
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History of Malaysia
Barbara Watson Watson Andaya
0824824253
January 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
During the past decade a number of historians have carried out fundamental work on various aspects of Malaysian history. These studies reflect the priorities of a new generation of scholars, both Malaysian and Western, whose primary interest is the development of the indigenous society. A history of Malaysia which incorporates recent research is long overdue and this book is intended to fill that gap. This new history of Malaysia traces events in the Malay world from early times to the twentieth century and shows how they have contributed to the formation of modern Malaysia. The complex cultural heritage of Malaysia is shown to be decisive in shaping its history. But equally important is Malaysia's strategic position on an international trade route linking China, India, and the West. The changing world trade has been a...

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