Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Event: Singapore in the Malay World

Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges, published in late 2009, was launched on June 24, 2010 at Select Books. We had a great turnout and everyone present was riveted by Lily Rahim’s extensive talk on the genesis of the book and key contentions and points from the book.

Singapore Malay playwright Alfian Sa’at and Professor Johan Saravanamuttu, currently a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, also spoke. We were also honoured that Mrs Jean Marshall was among those present at the event.

The launch was featured in The Straits Times in an article on June 25, 2010.

Here are some photos from the event:

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Books on Wu Guanzhong

China’s most celebrated artist Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) passed away last Friday (June 25, 2010). The internationally acclaimed artist went to France to study Western painting in 1947, before returning to teach at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing. He was appointed a Professor at the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, Beijing in 1964 and remained there until 1979.

These are several of our books on Wu Guanzhong’s art:

An Unbroken Line: The Wu Guanzhong Donation Collection. In 2008, Wu Guanzhong donated 113 of his artworks to the Singapore Art Museum. Their 2009 exhibition and this volume celebrate Wu's art, life, and achievements. Essays on Wu's art and often-frustrated career and on his relations with Singapore introduce 115 reproductions of his paintings and calligraphy. Provenance details and an informative commentary accompany each painting. With biographical timeline and recent photographs. Bilingual in Chinese.

Shore To Shore: Wu Guanzhong Retrospective by Jia Fangzhou. This catalogue accompanied the 2003/4 inaugural exhibition of Singapore's private museum Art Retreat. "Shore to Shore", a retrospective of the work of Wu Guanzhong, exhibited Wu's paintings in watercolour, oils and ink done over the years in China and overseas. The catalogue presents an introductory essay, 40 colour plates and the artist's biodata. Bilingual in Chinese.

Wu Guanzhong: Connoisseurs' Choice (Volume I & II). This beautiful two-volume set brings together some of Wu Guanzhong's best works from over the years.

Paranoma By Wu Guanzhong. Tri-lingual in English, Chinese and Malay.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Distribution Titles from Perera Hussein Publishing House

Here are two recently released titles that we are distributing in Singapore for Perera Hussein Publishing House.

In particular, we are very pleased to note that Mythil’s Secret by Prashani Rambukwella won the Grataein Prize for Creative Writing in English - Sri Lanka’s most prestigious writing award – for 2009.

Sri Lankan born Prashani Rambukwella is a professional writer who graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, where she is known as a playwright and director. This is a link for an interview with the author.

Mythil thinks he's in for a boring time at Archchi's big old house but then things begin to happen. Who lives in the deep jungle and are they friends or foes? How can he make his parents believe the mysterious things that keep happening to him? And how can a young boy like him outwit a clever and sinister enemy on his own?

Mythil's Secret is a story about a young boy's discovery of just how strong the bonds of family and friendship can be. Join him on this spine-tingling adventure as he learns to look within himself for courage he never knew he had.

In In the Same Boat, Channa Wickremesekera, author of Distant Warriors and Walls, brings his characters into the close confines of a boat escaping into a conflict zone. Channa writes with keen insight into the psyche of the displaced,

Will a series of unfortunate events precipitate disaster on them before nature unleashes a savage storm? Only time will tell as they race inexorably toward their destiny.

Channa is a Sri Lankan born writer/historian. He has been living in Australia since 1990 and completed his PhD in History at Monash University in 1998. His published work include two historical monographs: Best Black Troops in the World: British Perceptions and the Making of the Sepoy 1746-1805 and Kandy at War: Indigenous Military Resistance to European Expansion in Sri Lanka 1594-1818. He has also written two works of fiction: Walls and Distant Warriors and a number of articles and book chapters on South Asian History.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Distribution: Enchanted Lion Books

We are pleased to announce that Select Books has been appointed as the exclusive distributor in Singapore for Enchanted Lion Books.

Enchanted Lion Books is an independent, family-owned publishing company based in Brooklyn, NY. They have a great passion for the books that they publish. They select the books that they publish with great care, and look for books that they believe children will enjoy and that reflect an individual voice or vision. We are proud to say that Select Books also believes strongly in these values, and we look forward to a great partnership.

Here is a small selection of Enchanted Lion Books titles that we are distributing and really like:

Jin Jin and Rain Wizard is a story about rice told through Jin Jin’s adventures. The story opens with Jin Jin bounding out of bed to do his morning T’ai C’hi. After his first set of exercises he prepares to wake up his water breathing pipes by spraying his friends, but all that comes out is dry air. Jin Jin returns home to Crane and Old Turtle, with whom he now is living, feeling sad. Crane tries to cheer Jin Jin up and to get him to eat some breakfast but he is too full to eat, having stuffed himself at the rice festival the day before. As they talk together what becomes clear is that not only did Jin Jin stuff himself, but he threw some rice away. Old Turtle realizes that the time has come for Jin Jin to learn about the value of rice, so off they go to the gateway to ancient times. By travelling back in time, Jin Jin will learn his lesson about how rice is not to be wasted. There he also will meet Rain Wizard, who will help him regain his water breathing powers, while making sure that he returns home quickly, safely and all the wiser. Following the story, two additional pages provide an overview of rice in Chinese culture and the mythic figure of Rain Wizard.

Little Eagle won the prestigious Swiss Prix Enfantaisie award that is juried by children. Little Eagle tells the story of a young boy who is orphaned and taken in by a kind sage. The dreams of the story hinges on the boy’s discovery of his guardian’s true gifts as a master of Eagle boxing, a specialized form of Kung Fu. The bold, energetic illustrations bring the movements of mentor and apprentice to life, giving life to both the characters and the discipline. Children will root for Little Eagle as he learns his new discipline and faces the many challenges that he confronts on his way to becoming a Kung Fu master.

Big Wolf and Little Wolf: The Little Leaf That Wouldn’t Fall is the second book about Big Wolf and Little Wolf. Sweet and humorous, the story is amplified and deepened by Tallec’s illustrations, which are bold in perspective and rich with feeling. The book begins, “High up in a tall tree was a little leaf,” and it is Little Wolf’s need to touch this leaf and the fact that it will not fall that create the drama. Big Wolf refuses Little Wolf’s request that he climb up and get the leaf several times. “Wait,” he tells him. “Eventually it will fall.” But the leaf doesn’t fall. Winter arrives and the leaf is still there, high up in the tree. Then one morning Big Wolf wakes up, stretches and says, “I’m going up.” He says it just like that—simply to see Little Wolf’s eyes sparkle. At first his climb up the big tree goes well, but the higher he goes the more slippery it gets and the more dangerous. Little Wolf waits below wondering whether such a little leaf is worth such trouble after all. To climb to the top of a frost covered tree isn’t easy, and what if something should happen to Big Wolf? This second Big Wolf and Little Wolf title is a lovely story about two friends and the many ways in which friendship teaches patience, boldness and love.

Monday, June 21, 2010

New Books on Indonesia

Here are six recent additions to our Indonesia section:
  • Poverty and Social Protection in Indonesia edited by Joan Hardjono and Nuning Akhmadi et al. This book consists of papers that present the findings of research done by the SMERU Research Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia. Most describe the effects on the poor of the Indonesian economic crisis of 1997-98 and the response of the Indonesian government in the form of a Social Safety Net consisting of poverty mitigation programs. With the gradual recovery of the economy after 2000, the Indonesian government began reducing subsidies for fuel products and has channelled budgetary savings into a new series of targeted social protection and poverty alleviation undertakings that include unconditional cash transfers. The effectiveness of Indonesia's poverty alleviation programmes has, however, been reduced by the difficulty of targeting beneficiaries accurately because of a lack of reliable, up-to-date poverty figures. In many instances unsuitable targeting methodology has been compounded by bad governance at the local level, while the introduction of regional autonomy, accompanied by the decentralisation of authority to the district level, has formed a further complicating factor.
  • Varieties of Religious Authority: Changes and Challenges in 20th Century Indonesian Islam edited by Azyumardi Azra and Kees Van Dijk et al. The 20th century was a fascinating period of profound political, social and economic changes in Indonesia. These changes contributed to the diversification of the religious landscape and as a result, religious authority was redistributed over an increasing number of actors. Although many Muslims in Indonesia continued to regard the ulama, the traditional religious scholars, as the principle source of religious guidance, religious authority has become more diffused and differentiated over time. The present book consists of contributions which all deal with the multi-facetted and multidimensional topic of religious authority and aim to complement each other. Most papers deal with Indonesia, but two dealing with other countries have been included in order to add a comparative dimension. Amongst the topics dealt with are the different and changing roles of the ulama, the rise and role of Muslim organisations, developments within Islamic education, like the madrasa, and the spread of Salafi ideas in contemporary Indonesia.
  • Islamism and Democracy in Indonesia: Piety and Pragmatism by Masdar Hilmy. Most scholarly works conducted within the period of post-New Order Indonesia have underlined the fact that Indonesian Islamists reject the notion of democracy; no adequate explanation nonetheless has been attempted thus far as to how and to what extent democracy is being rejected. This book is dedicated to filling the gap by examining the complex reality behind the Islamists rejection of democracy. It focuses its analysis on two streams of Islamism: the two Islamist groups that seek extra-parliamentary means to achieve their goals, that is, MMI and HTI, and the PKS Islamists who choose the existing political party system as a means of their power struggle. As this book has demonstrated, there are times when the two streams of Islamism share a common platform of understanding and interpretation as well as an intersection where they are in conflict with one another. The interplay between contested meanings over particular theological matters on normative grounds and power contests among the Islamists proves to be critical in shaping this complexity.
  • Building-Democracy on the Sand: Advances and Setbacks in Indonesia edited by Willy Purna Samadhi and Nicolaas Warouw. These nine essays are by academics and analysts associated with Demos, the Indonesian research-based democracy promotion organisation. This, the third Demos study, is based on the extensive 2007 survey of the views of over 900 activists throughout the country and also the results of a similar survey in 2003. Indonesia's democracy is described as a "held back, top-down democracy dominated by elites". Many factors are explored and discussed. It is urged that efforts be made to establish non-party-dominated political blocs to foster more popular representation and participation and to foster the development of democratic decision-making. Detailed tables present the survey methods and findings. Bibliography.
  • Problems of Democratisation in Indonesia: Elections, Institutions and Society edited by Edward Aspinall and Marcus Mietzer. Alternately lauded as a democratic success story and decried as a flawed democracy, Indonesia deserves serious consideration by anyone concerned with the global state of democracy. Yet, more than ten years after the collapse of the authoritarian Suharto regime, we still know little about how the key institutions of Indonesian democracy actually function. This book, written by leading democracy experts and scholars of Indonesia, presents a sorely needed study of the inner workings of Indonesia's political system, and its interactions with society. Combining careful case studies with an eye to the big picture, it is an indispensable guide to democratic Indonesia, its achievements, shortcomings and continuing challenges.
  • Surviving Against The Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia by S. Ann Dunham. President Barack Obama's mother, S. Ann Dunham, was an economic anthropologist and rural development consultant who worked in several countries, including Indonesia. She died in 1995, at the age of 52, before having the opportunity to revise her dissertation for publication, as she had planned. Her dissertation has now been revised at the request of Dunham's daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and the result is Surviving Against All Odds, a book based on Dunham's research into non-agricultural activities in rural Indonesia, namely blacksmithing and other small metalwork industries, over a period of fourteen years among the rural metalworkers of Java. It provides detailed insights into economic anthropology, blacksmithing, and local life and labour in a Javanese village. With bibliography and index.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Books on Asian Ceramics

These are recent additions to our titles on ceramics:
  • The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Gifts Of Chinese Art edited by Peter Lam. The Bei Shan Tang collection, the personal collection of Chinese art of JS Lee was very comprehensive - ranging from painting, calligraphy, ink rubbings, jade, ceramics, to sculpture, scholar objects, bamboo carvings, seals and bronzes. This catalogue was published to accompany the large scale tribute exhibition "Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Gifts of Chinese Art" organized by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Museum, introducing the creams of the Bei Shan Tang gifts to the Museum over the years. The 113 selected gifts of Chinese art are sorted by categories: epigraphy, rubbings, calligraphy, painting, bronze and jade, ceramics, and others; with detailed descriptions in Chinese and English, and illustrated in colour plates.
  • Chinese Ceramics by Stacey Pierson. This history of Chinese ceramic design draws on the major collections at the V&A Museum. The extensively illustrated chapters are on: patterns of production, manufacture and industry including blue-and-white ceramics; aesthetics, design and style including decoration and the meaning of dragons over the centuries; consumption in China and beyond including religious usages, global trade and evidences from shipwrecks; and Chinese ceramics in the modern world, including artist-designed and politically motivated post-Imperial artefacts. With map, chronology, bibliography and index.
  • Song Ceramics from the Kwan Collection. Ceramics of the Song Dynasty were produced in many famous kilns for the local market as well as for exports to Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. Potters of the Song Dynasty achieved distinguished improvements in the clay, glaze, and techniques of ceramic production, forming a unique dynastic style. This catalogue features masterpieces of Song ceramics drawn from the cream of Dr. Simon Kwan's collection. An introductory essay and descriptions of the individual pieces are in Chinese.
  • The Ming Gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia: Towards a Chronology of Thai Trade Ware by Roxanna Maude Brown. Shipwrecks discovered throughout Southeast Asia and the precious cargoes they contain represent invaluable information for the study of international trade networks. However, these treasure troves of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese ceramics have been unsystematically studied and rarely published. This book addresses this issue with the author tracing the developments and fluctuations of the international ceramic trade between China and Southeast Asia focusing specifically on the 14th-15th centuries, a period known in ceramic scholarship as the "Ming gap", a term which arose to describe the ban placed on the export of Chinese ceramics by the Ming dynasty. The author illustrates how, as a result, Southeast Asian ceramics began to fill this void and for over a century became the dominant ceramic trade ware throughout the region. Analysing over 120 shipwrecks, the author for the first time proposes a chronology of ceramic production placing Thai ceramics into five chronological periods and discussing issues such as the relationship between Sukhothai and Sawankhalok kilns, the discovery of exported Burmese celadon wares and the location of Vietnamese production sites for ceramic exports. The text is supplemented by a database presented through 30 tables, 73 plates featuring 295 reproductions of colour photographs and eight drawings, a bibliography, and indexes.
  • Southeast Asian Ceramics: New Light On Old Pottery edited by John N Miksic. Southeast Asia Ceramics: New Light on Old Pottery accompanies the exhibition of the same name, held at the National University of Singapore Museum. In this present volume, notable archaeologist and scholar John N Miksic reconstructs a vivid image of the development of Southeast Asia's unique ceramic technology. Along with Pamela M Watkins, Dawn F Rooney and Michael Flecker, he summarises the fruits of the research of the last 40 years, beginning with the founding of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society in Singapore in 1969. The result is a comprehensive and insightful overview of the technology, aesthetics and organisation, both economic and political, of seemingly diverse territories in pre-colonial Southeast Asia.
  • Treasures from Shanghai: Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades edited by Jessica Rawson. Published to complement an international loan exhibition at the British Museum, this catalogue celebrates the Shanghai Museum's outstanding collection of ancient bronzes and jades. Over fifty selected pieces, from the Neolithic period to the end of the Zhou dynasty, and including comparative ceramics, are described by Professor Jessica Rawson, together with contributors from both the Shanghai Museum and the British Museum. Introductory essays additionally place these ancient pieces in their historical and archaeological context, and trace the history of the Shanghai Museum. With glossary, notes and bibliography.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Books on Buddhism

These are recent additions to our titles on Buddhism:
  • State, Society and Religious Engineering: Towards a Reformist Buddhism in Singapore by Kuah-Pearce Khun Eng. The book looks at how religion in Singapore is being subjected to the processes of modernisation and change. The Singapore State has consciously brought religion under its guidance. It has exercised strong bureaucratic and legal control over the functioning of all religions in Singapore. The Chinese community and the Buddhist Sangha have responded to this by restructuring their temple institutions into large multi-functional temple complexes. There has been quite a few books written on the role of the Singapore State but, so far, none has been written on the topic - the relationship between state, society and religion. It will help to fill the missing gap in the scholarly literature on this area. This is also a topic of great significance in many Asian, particularly Southeast Asian, countries and it will serve as an important book for future reference in this area of research and comparative studies.
  • Teachings of the Buddha: The Wisdom of the Dharma from the Pali Canon to the Sutras by Desmond Biddulph and Darcy Flynn. After an introduction to the life of the Buddha, his basic teachings and insights are presented in a compact and clear format, complemented by black-and-white landscape photographs. Extracts from the Pali canon and later Mahayana sayings are accompanied by traditional Buddhist tales and commentaries by Zen masters.
  • The Wisdom of Sustainability: Buddhist Economics for the 21st Century by Sulak Sivaraksa. Thailand's well-known Buddhist thinker and activist Sulak Sivaraksa (b. 1933) adds to his published works this small book of practical wisdom. Sulak applies the Buddha's Four Noble Truths in the context of today's economic patterns and shows how the work of the 'Centre for Sustainable Communities' is promoting and signposting alternatives to the Consumer Society.
  • Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism by Alan Cole. This book offers a provocative rereading of the early history of Chan Buddhism (Zen). Working from a history-of-religion point of view that asks how and why literary troupes were chosen to depict the essence of the Buddhist tradition to Chinese readers, this analysis focuses on the narrative logic of the early Chan genealogies. It argues that early Chan's image of the perfect-master-who-owns-tradition was in fact constructed for reasons that had little to do with Buddhist practice, and much more to do with politics, property, geography, and new forms of writing. With references and index.
  • Readings of the Lotus Sutra edited by Stephen Teiser and Jacqueline Stone. The Lotus Sutra proclaims that a unitary intent underlies the diversity of Buddhist teachings and promises that people without exception can achieve supreme awakening. Establishing the definitive guide to this profound text, specialists in Buddhist philosophy, art, and history of religion address the major ideas and controversies surrounding the Lotus Sutra and its manifestations in ritual performance, ascetic practice, visual representations, and social action across history. With bibliography and index.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Book Launch: Singapore in the Malay World

Routledge and Select Books shall be jointly hosting the book launch of Singapore in the Malay World by Lily Zubaidah Rahim at Select Books on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 6pm.

Relations between Singapore and her immediate Malay neighbours have been perennially fraught with tension and misunderstanding. In making sense of this complex relationship, Lily Rahim explores the salience of historical animosities and competitive economic pressures, and Singapore’s janus-faced security and foreign economic policy orientation and ‘regional outsider’ complex. Focusing on Singapore’s relations with Malaysia, the book also examines the Indonesian dimension in bilateral relations. It highlights the paradoxical similarities in the nation-building approaches of Singapore and Malaysia. The author reflects critically on sensitive issues such as the rhetoric and reality of meritocracy and multiracialism in Singapore, and analyses the city-state’s weak regional soft power credentials and reputation as a political laggard despite its economic achievements.

Incorporating perspectives and frameworks from the disciplines of comparative politics, area studies, international relations, political economy and history, this multidisciplinary study offers groundbreaking insights into the way in which the neighboring states of Singapore and Malaysia see themselves, each other, the region and beyond. This book will be of particular interest to keen observers of Southeast Asian politics.

Do join us and the author at this event. Please email us at for additional information.

Book Launch
Title: Singapore in the Malay World
Author: Lily Zubaidah Rahim
Place: Select Books
Date: Thursday, 24 June 2010
Time: 6pm

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Books on Economic Development and Governance in Asia-Pacific Region

These are 4 titles on economic development and governance in the Asia-Pacific region from our recent Selections catalogue #101:
  • Inclusive, Balanced and Sustained Growth in the Asia-Pacific edited by Peter Petri. The recovery of the Asia-Pacific region from the global economic crisis of 2008-2009 is underway but incomplete. Risks range from slow growth and persistent unemployment to re-emerging international imbalances and financial volatility. While early policy responses to the crisis were successful in avoiding a larger calamity, new policy strategies are now needed to resolve imbalances among the United States, China, and other economies, and to build robust demand in the medium term. This report, drafted by an international team of experts for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), provides a policy framework for completing the recovery and achieving sustained growth beyond it. The report identifies priorities for replacing stimulus programmes with structural reforms, and for launching new growth engines to drive investment and employment throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The report presents a regional strategy as well as separate, detailed analyses of the challenges facing China, Advanced Asia, Southeast Asia, North America, and South America. It concludes that inclusive, balanced, sustained growth in the region is feasible, but will require structural reforms that change economic relationships within economies and among them, and substantial international cooperation in implementing coherent national policies.
  • From Asian to Global Financial Crisis - An Asian Regulator's View of Unfettered Finance in the 1990s and 2000s by Andrew Sheng. This is a unique insider account of the new world of unfettered finance. The author, an Asian regulator, examines how old mindsets, market fundamentalism, loose monetary policy, carry trade, lax supervision, greed, cronyism, and financial engineering caused both the Asian crisis of the late 1990s and the current global crisis of 2008-2009. This book shows how the Japanese zero interest rate policy to fight deflation helped create the carry trade that generated bubbles in Asia whose effects brought Asian economies down. The study's main purpose is to demonstrate that global finance is so interlinked and interactive that our current tools and institutional structure to deal with critical episodes are completely outdated. The book explains how current financial policies and regulation failed to deal with a global bubble and makes recommendations on what must change.
  • Nowhere to Hide: The Great Financial Crisis and Challenges for Asia by Lim Mah-Hui, Michael and Lim Chin. This accessible view of the causes and course of the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis is offered through Asian eyes by two senior economists with banking and academic experience in Asia and the West. Factors contributing to the Crisis are assessed: related ideologies and theories; financial industry practices and malpractices; structural imbalances in the international economy. Outstanding world challenges are highlighted in the final chapter. Bibliography and index.
  • Governing and Managing Knowledge In Asia edited by Thomas Menkhoff; Hans-Dieter Evers et al. This book examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of knowledge governance and knowledge management in the context of an increasingly competitive, globalised marketplace. Several case studies of Asian countries and organisations are presented, aimed at analysing factors impacting the governance of knowledge and exemplifying practices that policy makers and business leaders adopted to manage knowledge resources and knowledge processes to their fullest potential. For this second edition, all chapters have been thoroughly edited and data, tables and graphs have been updated to reflect the latest available statistics. Trends have been re-evaluated and adjusted to reflect recent developments in the fast-moving scene of knowledge governance and knowledge management.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Books on Colonialism and Colonial Society in Asia

Here is a selection of titles on colonialism and colonial society in South and Southeast Asia:
  • Penang Under The East India Company 1786-1858 by Andrew Barber. Many photographs and archival maps and illustrations enrich this accessibly written account of Penang 1786-1858, the period when the island was ruled by the East India Company. After a background account of the EIC's developments in "Eastern Waters" 1601-1786, the chapters are on: Francis Light (1740-1794) and the acquisition of Prince of Wales Island, Penang; the administration and impact of the Company's "light touch" governance; trade and commence; migration trends and the varied peoples and religions in Penang; commercial and political relationships with the Malay sultanates; the collapse of EIC in India, Calcutta-based rule and the subsequent 1858 establishment of London-based Colonial Rule of Penang as a constituent member of the Straits Settlements.
  • The Ambiguous Allure of the West: Traces of the Colonial in Thailand edited by Rachel V. Harrison and Peter A. Jackson. Much collaborative post-colonial scholarship including the 2004 Cornell International Workshop has gone into the making of this symposium of eight specialists essays which explore Western involvement in Thailand's recent history and Thai perceptions of this history. Contemporary theories and analyses are applied to Thailand's power structures, film and media identities, intellectual struggles, political development, and quasi-colonial influences. Bibliography and index.
  • Other Landscapes: Colonialism and the Predicament of Authority in Nineteenth-Century South India by Deborah Sutton. Due to the inhospitable climate and vastness of the native population, European settlement of India was never seriously considered apart from in selected upland areas with cooler climates and sparse native populations. One such area was the Nilgiri Hills of South India which, from the early 19th century, saw concerted efforts at European colonisation and displacement of the local population as well as an attempt to visualize and recreate an English landscape in the area. Other Landscapes investigates the interfaces between indigenes, European settlers and the colonial state on the Nilgiri Hills, focusing on land disputes, regulation of land sales, regimes of forest management and ethnographic projects of cultural 'preservation'. It examines the landscape as it was configured in the Imperial imagination, explores the corruption and manipulation of local administration and argues that rarely, if ever, did official intent correspond to the systems of reform, regulation and invigilation imposed over the local agrarian landscape.
  • The Social World of Batavia: Europeans and Eurasians in Colonial Indonesia by Jean Gelman Taylor. This book describes the colonial society that was formed in the Dutch settlements on the coasts of Asia and that evolved for a brief period into a ruling caste in the Indonesian archipelago. Jean Galman Taylor analyses the colonisers' interactions with the Asian and Eurasian societies and the distinctive Indo-Dutch, Mestizo culture that resulted. Chapter topics include: Origins of the City of Batavia; Growth of the Settlement Society; The Assault on Indies Culture; and The Inner Life of Late Colonial Society. With bibliography and index.
  • How to Behave: Buddhism and Modernity in Colonial Cambodia 1860-1930 by Anne Ruth Hansen. This ambitious cross-disciplinary study of Buddhist modernism in colonial Cambodia breaks new ground in understanding the history and development of religion and colonialism in Southeast Asia. Author Anne Ruth Hansen examines the intertwined ethical and historical questions of what Khmer writers articulated as the Buddhist values most important and relevant to their times, how these interpretations were produced, and how they represent Southeast Asian events, people, ideas and anxieties. Index.