The golden chersonese and the way thither

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the golden chersonese and the way thither

The Golden Chersonese by Isabella Lucy Bird

This is an excellent book! I recommend it to all adult Malaysians. In fact, Id go so far as to recommend it be included in the Malaysian high school syllabus as well, but alas the language is a bit too fancy.

From 20th January, 1879, to 25th February (This was 33 years before Titanic), Ms. Bird travelled from Singapore to Malacca, Sungei Ujong (I didnt even know where that was before!), Klang, Penang, and Perak, on boat, pony, and on foot (Yes, hardy woman, she was). She paints so vivid a description of Malaya at that time, that youd be hard pressed to forget it.

There is so much in the book that youll never learn in Sejarah (History) class. For instance (Warning: Spoiler ensues), I didnt know that slavery was commonplace in Malaya. Among the Malay Muslim population, too! It was one of the vices that the British were trying to eradicate, to varying degrees of success in each state, as the Sultans, Rajas, & Malay upper-class were the ones who gained from it most (More slaves = More power).

Tiger attacks were also not uncommon then. They roamed the land just as they should be, and attacked whomever they will (Even terrorised what is now downtown Melaka). If you managed to kill one, or a snake, rhino, or other such beast, you could claim a reward from the British Government. Fancy that.

The British residents were not all what we make them out to be: Evil white men trying to usurp the Sultans powers and rule the lands. Some were genuinely trying to work hand-in-hand with them and to educate them to better rule the Malay States. Yes, its not very credible coming from the mouth of a British lady, but at least we have another point of view, as opposed to the British = Evil Pendatang viewpoint.

Youll find that some of the living conditions then are still the same now, in 2012. Some of the Rajas were tyrants in effect. They overtax the Rakyat for traversing a particular stretch of river (There are many Rajas and many rivers in one state); they lend money, and if the debtor cannot pay in time, turn them and their families into slaves; they sometimes dont feed and clothe their slaves, so the slaves in turn ravage other innocent Rakyat in the name of their masters and perpetuate the cycle of oppression.

The Chinese merchants were already successful in Singapore, Malacca, & Penang then. They were the economy, and they were what made those places what they are now. Malays, on the other hand, were much more comfortable in their kampungs. Crime was rare among the Malays, and were mostly prevalent in the Chinese mining communities.

If those little tidbits dont interest you, then I dont know why youre still reading this. So pick up a copy and enjoy your new British insider info on 1879 Malaya. Youll find a few familiar old names like Yap Ah Loi, Frank A. Swettenham, William G. Maxwell, Frederick A. Weld, and Hugh Low =)
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The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

May 12, The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither. by: Isabella Lucy Bird. Publication date: Publisher: G. P. Putnam's sons. Collection.
Isabella Lucy Bird

The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

Below are the available bulk discount rates for each individual item when you purchase a certain amount. Isabella Bird , an Englishwoman whose extensive travels and writings earned her the first female membership of the Royal Geographical Society, visited Malaya, Singapore, Indo-China and Hong Kong in She wrote 23 letters describing her adventures to her sister Hennie in Scotland, and named the collection The Golden Chersonese after the ancient name given to the Malay Peninsula by the Greek scholar, Ptolemy. Her detailed descriptions of the Malay Peninsula in the s are in startling contrast to present-day Malaysia and Singapore, and provide a fascinating account of many aspects of the region, including the people, culture, landscapes, and wildlife, all described with the Victorian stiff upper lip typical of her time. Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language, with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Isabella Bird , an Englishwoman whose extensive travels and writings earned her the first female membership of the Royal Geographical Society, visited Malaya, Singapore, Indo-China and Hong Kong in She wrote 23 letters describing her adventures to her sister Hennie in Scotland, and named the collection The Golden Chersonese after the ancient name given to the Malay Peninsula by the Greek scholar, Ptolemy. Her detailed descriptions of the Malay Peninsula in the s are in startling contrast to present-day Malaysia and Singapore, and provide a fascinating account of many aspects of the region, including the people, culture, landscapes, and wildlife, all described with the Victorian stiff upper lip typical of her time. Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language, with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic. Every title has been reset in a contemporary typeface to create a series that every lover of fine travel literature will want to collect and keep. Here at Walmart.

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    The Golden Chersonese And The Way Thither () by Isabella L. Bird Bishop ( ) New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons,

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