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Biographical Dictionary of Mercantile Personalities of Penang

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

RM 50.00

Following the settlement of Penang by the British East India Company in 1786 the island quickly developed into a flourishing maritime port of exchange. By 1805 the population was ‘so diversified as at this day to write in 13 distinct alphabets, & speak in 28 distinct dialects’.

The 200 concise biographies of early Penang mercantile personalities included in this volume offer the reader a rare and invaluable glimpse into their lives. The selection is a veritable cultural cross-section of those who pioneered the growth of Penang in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights not only their contribution to the economic, social, political and cultural development of Penang, but also of Malaysia and Southeast Asia as a whole.


Format: Softcover
Size: 29.7 x 21.1 x 1.6 cm, 228 pp., 915 g
Publisher: Think City and MBRAS, 2013
Language: English
ISBN: 978-967-99485-9-2
Price: RM 50

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Weight 0.915 kg
Dimensions 29.7 × 21.1 × 1.6 cm

3 reviews for Biographical Dictionary of Mercantile Personalities of Penang

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cheah Boon Kheng

    ‘At last an invaluable historical directory of merchants, traders and shopkeepers who contributed to the growth of all sectors of Penang’s economic and social development.’

    Cheah Boon Kheng (the late), Professor of History, University Sains Malaysia, author of Malaysia: The Making of a Nation, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2002.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr Leonard Y. Andaya

    ‘The merchant and business community has formed a major pillar in Penang since the late 18th century. This biographical dictionary offers a scholarly collection of data on the members of this community up to the mid-20th century and is useful not only as a ready reference but as a stimulus to further research on these personalities.’

    Dr Leonard Y. Andaya, Professor of Southeast Asian History, University of Hawaii at Manoa, author with B.W. Andaya of The History of Malaysia, University of Hawaii Press, 2001.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr Geoffrey Wade

    ‘Penang was built on commerce, and without an understanding of the personalities who initiated and sustained this commerce, our knowledge of the history of the island will inevitably be partial. This volume thus does us a great service by detailing an extensive range of the merchants and business people from all communities who, over two centuries, built Penang into a major trading and commercial centre.’

    Dr Geoffrey Wade, author of Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, 2005.

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