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The Peasant Robbers of Kedah, 1900-29 by Cheah Boon Kheng ISBN 13: 9789971696757

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Paperback; Singapore.: Nus Press, 2014; ISBN-13: 978-9971696757

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The Peasant Robbers of Kedah, 1900-1929: Historical and Folk Perceptions.

The Peasant Robbers of Kedah, 1900-1929: Historical and Folk Perceptions.


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Singapore.: NUS Press.. 2nd Edition.. 2014.. Black and white photographic illustrations, xv + 162pp, appendices, glossary, bibliography, index, paperback. In the early twentieth century, social banditry was endemic in the countryside near the border between the northern Malaysian state of Kedah and Siam, and some outlaws became local heroes. Cheah Boon Kheng’s account of peasant banditry and the society where it flourished draws on colonial records, literary sources and interviews to examine the circumstances that led the Governor, Sir Laurence Guillemard, to call the border area “one of the most lawless and insecure districts” in British Malaya during the 1920s. Considering banditry from the perspective of the peasant community, Cheah concludes that it grew out of lax government, weak policing, the geography of the border region and underdevelopment, and suggests that bandit heroes might be seen as symbols of rural protest. His discussion of the details of rural life in the early… Read More
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