The University Socialist Club and the Contest for Malaya

Tangled Strands of Modernity

Kah Seng Loh, Edgar Liao, Cheng Tju Lim , and Guo Quan Seng

Kah Seng Loh, Edgar Liao, Cheng Tju Lim , and Guo Quan Seng

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

342 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $74.95 ISBN: 9789089644091 Published September 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Using a wealth of material including interviews, official documents, and student writings, the authors recount the rise of newly independent states in postwar Malaya and Singapore through the engagements of a left-wing group of university student activists. The University Socialist Club and the Contest for Malaya brings to life various contemporary movements, including democratic, Marxist, socialist, ethnicity-based groups which seek to influence postcolonial Malaya, as well as their fluid relationships with one another, at a time when allies became enemies, and vice versa. An original and vital study, this volume delves into the complex mental worlds and historical milieu of political and student activism.
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