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Filling a major gap in historiography, Marcus Langdon offers
a meticulous reconstruction of the formative period of Penang's development. A little
over two centuries ago Penang had the distinction of being elevated as the
fourth most important settlement - a presidency - of the British East India
Company's Indian territories. This significant decision emerged from powerful
historical forces that were reshaping the modern world: the expansion of
international trade networks linking Europe with India and China; the
intensification of new patterns of migration in Southeast Asia; and growing
rivalries between European powers and their impact on local states.
Developments in Penang would also profoundly influence the future growth of
Size: 264 x 207 x 34mm. 538pp. Weight: 1775gm