Economic Change in East Malaysia

Sabah and Sarawak since 1850

  • Amarjit Kaur

Part of the Studies in the Economies of East and South-East Asia book series (SEESEA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Themes and Beginnings (c.1850-1940)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amarjit Kaur
      Pages 3-12
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      Pages 13-19
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      Pages 20-74
  3. The Colonial State, Development Planning and Economic Change, 1946-63

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Amarjit Kaur
      Pages 117-166
  4. Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia: Continuity, Change and Development since 1963

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Amarjit Kaur
      Pages 169-176
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      Pages 177-206
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-291

About this book


An authoritative economic history of Sabah and Sarawak since the 19th century emphasising their distinctive colonial history and the attempts to modernise them since they became part of Malaysia in 1963. They remain dependent on the production and export of a relatively small range of primary products. The considerable scrutiny from environmentalists and international and local pressure groups of timber exports in particular is examined. The book's examination of economic strategy in these states since the 1880s, demonstrates that the roots of the problems in the 1980s lay in policies formulated in the wider context of capitalist economic growth.


economic growth Export growth Japan Malaysia

Authors and affiliations

  • Amarjit Kaur
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economic HistoryUniversity of New EnglandArmidale, New South WalesAustralia

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