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- DescriptionIn the early 20th century, outlaws became local heros in the countryside near the border between the rthern Malaysian state of Kedah and Siam. Cheah Boon Kheng's account of peasant banditry and the society where it flourished draws on colonial records, literary sources and interviews to examine the circumstances that led the Goverr, Sir Laurence Guillemard, to call the border area one of the most lawless and insecure districts in British Malaya during the 1920s. Considering banditry from the perspective of the peasant community, Cheah concludes that it grew out of lax government, weak policing, the geography of the border region and underdevelopment, and suggests that bandit heroes might be seen as symbols of rural protest. His discussion of the details of rural life in the early twentieth century and the conditions that underlay rural crime provide a unique social history of rural society in Malaya. This invative volume broke new ground in Malaysian studies when it first appeared in 1988, and it is w presented in a new edition.
- Author BiographyCheah Boon Kheng retired as Professor of History at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang in 1994. He is currently a vice president of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society and editor of the society's journal.
- Author(s)Cheah Boon Kheng
- PublisherNUS Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationSingapore
- Country of PublicationSingapore
- ImprintNUS Press
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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