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Title The University Socialist Club and the contest for Malaya : tangled strands of modernity / Kah Seng Loh [and others].
Imprint Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2012.

Series IIAS publications series. Monographs ; 7
IIAS publications series. Monographs ; 7.
Subject University Socialist Club (Singapore) -- History.
Students -- Political activity -- Malaysia -- History.
Students -- Political activity -- Singapore -- History.
Student movements -- Malaysia.
Student movements -- Singapore.
Universities and colleges -- Singapore -- Societies, etc. -- History.
Universities and colleges -- Malaysia -- Societies, etc. -- History.
Malaya -- History -- 1945-
Malaya -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Singapore -- History -- 1945-
Singapore -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Alt Name Loh, Kah Seng.
Description 1 online resource (347 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references ([325]-335 pages) and index.
Summary "The book, using a small group of left-wing student activists as a prism, explores the complex politics that underpinned the making of nation-states in Singapore and Malaysia after World War Two. While most works have viewed the period in terms of political contestation groups, the book demonstrates how it is better understood as involving a shared modernist project framed by British-planned decolonization. This pursuit of nationalist modernity was characterized by an optimism to replace the colonial system with a new state and mobilize the people into a new relationship with the state, according them new responsibilities as well as new rights. This book, based on student writings, official documents and oral history interviews, brings to life various modernist strands - liberal-democratic, ethnic-communal, and Fabian and Marxist socialist - seeking to determine the form of post-colonial Malaya. It uncovers a hitherto little-seen world where the meanings of loud slogans were fluid, vague and deeply contested. This world also comprised as much convergence between the groups as conflict, including collaboration between the Socialist Club and other political and student groups which were once its rivals, while its main ally eventually became its nemesis"--Publisher's description.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- List of Photographs -- Abbreviations -- 1. The Socialist Club and the Modernity Project -- 2. Awake in the Bowl of Night -- 3. The Fajar Trial -- 4. Visionary of the Nation, Voice of Stifled Malayans -- 5. A Beacon of Light on the Campus and Beyond -- 6. Frankly Partisan in the Struggle for Student Leadership -- 7. The Shadow over the Club -- 8. Resisting Malaysia, Swansong for Malaya -- 9. Long Night after Coldstore -- 10. In Defence of University Autonomy and Student Rights -- 11. Entwined Memories and Myths -- Conclusion: Modernity in Singapore and Malaya Reconsidered -- The University Socialists: Biographical Sketches -- Timeline of Events -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
ISBN 9048515890 (electronic bk.)
9789048515899 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 795744466
Additional Format Print version: University Socialist Club and the contest for Malaya. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2012 9789089644091 9089644091

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