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The Chettiar Role in Malaysia's Economic History

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This meticulously researched book represents a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the 'subaltern' economy of Malaysia during colonial period and to our appreciation of the changing role of the Chettiar in modern times. Chettiar prominence as creditors to Malay peasants is well known, but the authors show here that connections extended deep into Malay society, from royal families to civil servants. While pre-war links to plantation workers and support for Indian business were only weakly developed, Chettiar investment in larger Chinese enterprises was a significant factor in supporting the activities of local Chinese entrepreneurs. In this sense, the authors argue, the Chettiar helped lay the basis for Malaysia's later economic development, while their involvement in social welfare and concern for the well-being of their fellow Indians. The Chettiar Role in Malaysia's Economic History will be welcomed not only by historians of Malaysia, but by all scholars involved with the complex narratives of Inidan migration.


Barbara Watson Andaya
Professor of Asian Studies
Universitiy of Hawai'i
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This meticulously researched book represents a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the 'subaltern' economy of Malaysia during colonial period and to our appreciation of the changing role of the Chettiar in modern times. Chettiar prominence as creditors to Malay peasants is well known, but the authors show here that connections extended deep into Malay society, from royal families to civil servants. While pre-war links to plantation workers and support for Indian business were only weakly developed, Chettiar investment in larger Chinese enterprises was a significant factor in supporting the activities of local Chinese entrepreneurs. In this sense, the authors argue, the Chettiar helped lay the basis for Malaysia's later economic development, while their involvement in social welfare and concern for the well-being of their fellow Indians. The Chettiar Role in Malaysia's Economic History will be welcomed not only by historians of Malaysia, but by all scholars involved with the complex narratives of Inidan migration.

Barbara Watson Andaya
Professor of Asian Studies
Universitiy of Hawai'i

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ISBN 9789831008577
Weight 350.0000
No of pages 180
Book Format No
Date Published 2016
Publisher University of Malaya Press
Condition mint

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