A History of Malaysia


Barbara Watson Andaya & Leonard Y. Andaya
2019 (3rd edition). Palgrave
Softcover, 23.5cm x 16cm, 466 pages
ISBN: 9780230293540


First published in 1982, this text is widely regarded as a leading general history of the country. This new and revised edition brings the story of this fascinating country up to date, incorporating the latest scholarship on every period of Malaysian history, including recent research into pre-modern times. This text thus provides a historical framework that helps explain the roots of the issues dominating Malaysian life today, and the difficulties of creating a multicultural state where resources are equitably shared and the rights of all citizens are acknowledged.

This book is a key text for courses on Southeast Asian history and politics. Covering a range of disciplinary subjects in the humanities and social sciences, it is also useful for anyone interested in the assessment of young, modernizing nations.



Preface to the Third Edition

Note on Spelling



Introduction: The Environment and Peoples of Malaysia.

  1. The Heritage of the Past.
  2. Melaka’s Legacy in a Changing Malay World, 1400-1699.
  3. The Demise of the Malay Entrepot State, 1699-1819.
  4. ‘A New World is Created’, 1819-74.
  5. The Making of ‘British’ Malaya, 1874-1919.
  6. The Functioning of a Colonial Society, 1900-1941.
  7. Negotiating a New Nation, 1942-1969.
  8. Restructuring Malaysia, 1969-1999.
  9. Malaysia at a Cross-Roads, 1999-2015.


  • Notes
  • Further Reading
  • Glossary
  • Index.
Weight 850 g
Dimensions 23.5 × 16 × 2.5 cm

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