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Planting empire, cultivating subjects : British Malaya, 1786-1941 / Lynn Hollen Lees, University of Pennsylvania.

Author/Creator:
Lees, Lynn Hollen author.
Publication:
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 359 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Plantations -- Malaysia -- Malaya -- History.
Agriculture and politics -- Malaysia -- Malaya -- History.
Cosmopolitanism -- Malaysia -- Malaya -- History.
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- History.
Agriculture and politics.
Cosmopolitanism.
Imperialism -- Social aspects.
Plantations.
Malaya -- History -- British rule, 1867-1942.
Malaya.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
Planting Empire, Cultivating Subjects' examines the stories of ordinary people to explore the internal workings of colonial rule. Chinese, Indians, and Malays learned about being British through the plantations, towns, schools, and newspapers of a modernizing colony. Yet they got mixed messages from the harsh, racial hierarchies of sugar and rubber estates and cosmopolitan urban societies. Empire meant mobility, fluidity, and hybridity, as well as the enactment of racial privilege and rigid ethnic differences. Using sources ranging from administrative files, court transcripts and oral interviews to periodicals and material culture, Professor Lees explores the nature and development of colonial governance, and the ways in which Malayan residents experienced British rule in towns and plantations. This is an innovative study demonstrating how empire brought with it both oppression and economic opportunity, shedding new light on the shifting nature of colonial subjecthood and identity, as well as the memory and afterlife of empire.
Contents:
Introduction
The birth of plantation colonialism in Malaya
Body politics in a plural society
New towns on the Malayan frontier
Urban civil society
Rubber reconstructs Malaya
Cosmopolitan modernity
Managing Malayan towns
Multiple allegiances in a cosmopolitan colony
Epilogue: representing empire, remembering colonial rule.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 332-346) and index.
ISBN:
9781107038400
1107038405
OCLC:
992798562