Straits of Malacca: Gateway or Gauntlet?

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Apr 17, 2003 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Casting a broad net across several disciplines, particularly geography and political economy, Donald Freeman examines the significance of the Straits as both a trade gateway and a choke-point that has forced generations of sailors to "run the gauntlet." Rather than the more conventional historical-narrative approach, he offers an innovative adoption of an interdisciplinary, analytical perspective through his use of detailed case studies of trading systems and shipping hazards.
 

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Contents

Monsoonal Circulation and Revolutions in Shipping
10
EconomicGeographic Concepts of LongDistance Trade
28
Concepts and Perspectives from Political Economy
45
IO The British East India Company Trading System
103
PART THREE THE GATEKEEPERS
123
The Rise of Singapore as a Global Entrepot
141
Local Trade Hinterlands and Products on the Malay
159
Piracy in the Straits of Malacca
174
TwentiethCentury Military Conflicts
189
Traffic Congestion Hazardous Cargoes and Pollution
203
Conclusion
231
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Department of Geography, York University

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