- An overview of the pre-modern and early modern history of peninsular Malaya leading to the Melaka Sultanate, the intrusion of European colonialism, the development within British India of colonial ideologies of conceptions of racial and societal hierarchies and the subsequent imposition of these ideologies.
- Tracing the migration of Indians to Malaya throughout the colonial era, forms of Indian labour (indentured, kangany, assisted labour schemes, plantation ‘slavery’), social and economic reforms and political movements in pre-war Malaya.
- Examining post Malaya/Malaysia, events leading to Merdeka, the May 13 incident, the New Economic Policy, the Mahathir and Badawi eras, the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), the 1Malaysia policy and the 2013 general elections.
Table of contents
- The Malay Peninsula: Early History, Melaka and the Colonial Setting
- European Colonialism and the Malay Peninsula
- India and the Development of British Ideologies of Empire
- British Governance of Malaya
- Slavery and Indentured Labour
- Indian Indentured Labour in Malaya
- Kangany Labour in Malaya
- Other Indian Immigration
- Indian Political Development to 1941
- The Japanese Invasion, Subhas Chandra Bose and Indian Wartime Nationalism
- The Post-war Period: Reform and Repression: 1945-48
- From Federation to Merdeka
- From Malaya to Malaysia: Singapore, 13 May and the New Economic Policy
- The Mahathir Years: A Changing Malaysian Landscape
- Abdullah Badawi, Islamization, and the Rise of Hindraf
- Najib and 1Malaysia: A New Deal?
A much needed and long anticipated work on a community largely neglected by scholars. This book makes a great contribution to Malaysian studies, as well as to that of the Tamil diaspora. Belle’s meticulous and insightful work will be cited for years as definitive. This admirably sensitive yet scholarly portrayal of the Malaysian Tamil community is rich with inspired sobering analysis of the challenges faced by a minority community within a climate of heightened ethnic consciousness. Moreover, this work goes beyond other studies of this community owing to its comprehensive temporal and topical coverage. ― Andrew Willford, Cornell University