Colonial Penang's pre-modern roots

By Ooi Kee Beng

August 2010 BOOK REVIEW
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Penang under the East India Company 1786-1858 Andrew BarberAB&A. 2009; Hard cover;160 pages Review by Ooi Kee Beng The salience of the approach Barber chose to tell the early history of Penang is seen immediately in the introduction through several observations that immediately remind us of the island settlement's unique place in history. Describing Penang's early fate within the internal dynamics of the British East India Company makes for a highly suggestive and informative narrative, not only about politics and...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: