Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
Volume 90 Part 1, No. 312 June 2017

Words of Majesty: A Brief History of Royal Correspondence between England and Asia, 1600-1858
- Richard Scott Morel

Singapore in the Cycles of the Longue Durée
- Peter Borschberg

The Brickmaking Industry in Kuala Lumpur in the Late Ninteenth Century
- Shapiza binti Sharif and Arba'iyah binti Mohd Noor

Managing Agency Capitalism and Malayan Rubber: Harrisons & Crosfield, Ltd. (1900-1940)
- Kenji Koike

Tanah Rata and the Development of the Cameron Highlands, 1925-2030
- Robert Weebers

Muted Speech, Apa Khabar Orang Kampung, and To Singapore, with Love
- Fang-Tze Hsu

Documents From Malaysian History

- Cameron's Highlands

- Malacca in 1824: An eye-witness account by Captain Hyacinthe de Bougainville (translated by Colin Dyer)


Book Reviews

A History of Malaysia by Barbara Watson Andaya and Leonard Y. Andaya

Admiral Matelieff's Singapore and Johor (1606-1616) edited by Peter Borschberg

The Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 1951-2013: Islamism in a Mottled Nation by Farish Noor

Shaṭṭārīyah Silsilah in Aceh, Java, and the Lanao Area of Mindanao by Oman Fathurahman

The Authority of Influence: Women and Power in Burmese History by Jessica Harriden

Witch Hunt and Conspiracy: The 'Ninja Case' in East Java by Nicholas Herriman

Questioning Modernity in Indonesia and Malaysia edited by Wendy Mee and Joel S. Kahn

Unequal Thailand: Aspects of Income, Wealth and Power edited by Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker

The Diaries of George C. Woolley, Vol. 2: 1907-1913 edited by Danny Wong Tze Ken and Stella Moo-Tan

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