Red Star Over Malaya: Resistance and Social Conflict During and After the Japanese Occupation, 1941-1946

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NUS Press, Jan 1, 2012 - History - 416 pages
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Red Star Over Malaya is an account of the inter-racial relations between Malays and Chinese during the final stages of the Japanese occupation. In 1947, none of the three major race of Malaya - Malays, Chinese, and Indians - regarded themselves as pan-ethnic "Malayans" with common duties and problems. With the occupation forcibly cut them off from China, Chinese residents began to look inwards towards Malaya and stake political claims, leading inevitably to a political contest with the Malays. As the country advanced towards nationhood and self-government, there was tension between traditional loyalties to the Malay rulers and the states, or to ancestral homelands elsewhere, and the need to cultivate an enduring loyalty to Malaya on the part of those who would make their home there in future. 

As Japanese forces withdrew from the countryside, the Chinese guerrillas of the communist-led resistance movement, the Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA), emerged from the jungle and took control of some 70 per cent of the country's smaller towns and villages, seriously alarming the Malay population. When the British Military Administration sought to regain control of these liberated areas, the ensuing conflict set the tone for future political conflicts and marked a crucial stage in the history of Malaya. Based on extensive archival research, Red Star Over Malaya provides a riveting account of the way the Japanese occupation reshaped colonial Malaya, and of the tension-filled months that followed Japan's surrender. This book is fundamental to an understanding of social and political developments in Malaysia during the second half of the 20th century.

 

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Red Star over Malaya is factual, well written and engages the reader ( especially if you're Malaysian) with facts, facts and more facts interspersed with anecdotes about places we all know. For ... Read full review

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Chap2 1856
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Chap3 57101
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Chap4 102124
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Illustrationsap after Chap4
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Chap5 125147
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Chap6 148169
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Chap7 170193
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Chap8 194239
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Chap9 240264
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Chap10 265292
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Chap11 293300
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Appendices 301315
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Notes 316353
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Biblio 354369
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Index 370375
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Cheah Boon Kheng was formerly Professor of Malaysian History at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang.

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