Author: Leonard Y. Andaya
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Release Date: 2008-01
Genre: Social Science
Despite the existence of about a thousand ethnolinguistic groups in Southeast Asia, very few historians of the region have engaged the complex issue of ethnicity. Leaves of the Same Tree takes on this concept and illustrates how historians can use it both as an analytical tool and as a subject of analysis to add further depth to our understanding of Southeast Asian pasts. Following a synthesis of some of the major issues in the complex world of ethnic theory, the author identifies two general principles of particular value for this study: the ideas that ethnic identity is an ongoing process and that the boundaries of a group undergo continual if at times imperceptible change based on perceived advantage. The Straits of Melaka for much of the past two millennia offers an ideal testing ground to better understand the process of ethnic formation. The straits forms the primary waterway linking the major civilizations to the east and west of Southeast Asia, and the flow of international trade through it was the lifeblood of the region. Privileging ethnicity as an analytical tool, the author examines the ethnic groups along the straits to document the manner in which they responded to the vicissitudes of the international marketplace. Earliest and most important were the Malayu (Malays), whose dominance in turn contributed to the ethnicization of other groups in the straits. By deliberately politicizing differences within their own ethnic community, the Malayu encouraged the emergence of new ethnic categories, such as the Minangkabau, the Acehnese, and, to a lesser extent, the Batak. The Orang Laut and the Orang Asli, on the other hand, retained their distinctive cultural markers because a separate yet complementary identity proved to be economically and socially advantageous for them. Ethnic communities are shown as fluid and changing, exhibiting a porosity and flexibility that suited the mandala communities of Southeast Asia. Leaves of the Same Tree demonstrates how problematizing ethnicity can offer a more nuanced view of ethnic relations in a region that boasts one of the greatest diversities of language and culture in the world. Creative and challenging, this book uncovers many new questions that should revitalize and reorient the historiography of Southeast Asia.
Author: William Henry Gove
Release Date: 2015-08-04
Excerpt from The Gove Book: History and Genealogy of the American Family of Gove, and Notes of European Goves Interest in the preparation of the Gove genealogy was aroused to a very limited extent nearly a hundred years ago; but Humphrey Nichols Gove (No. 468) was the first person known to have begun such a compilation. Others later became interested in collecting material of the branches with which they were intimately connected. The first attempt to make a complete genealogy of the family was begun by Ira Gove (No. 533) of Weare, N. H., about the beginning of the Civil War. His arranged manuscript was finally prepared in book form, which numbered some two hundred and fifty pages of foolscap size and shape. Sometime before his death, which occurred in 1891, when he was eighty-six years of age, he placed it, together with his correspondence and notes, in the possession of Hon. William Henry Gove (No. 1967) of Salem, Mass. The latter continued the researches of Ira Gove, and increased the extent of the work until in 1901 he had tripled the collated material by his personal labor and paid assistance, by examination of records and correspondence, in Europe and America. He caused to be examined the vital records of many towns in New England and thousands of directories of cities and towns in various sections of the United States for names, addresses and occupations of Goves, and visited many of the families in remote sections. Subsequently, he began a systematic arrangement of all the material that had been gathered, and had it nearly completed at the time of his decease, in the spring of 1920. Mrs. Gove, his widow, has caused the work to be completed, and by her generosity this volume now appears in the form in which Mr. Gove would have issued it if he had lived a little longer. It has cost Mr. and Mrs. Gove many thousands of dollars, only a small part of which will be refunded through sales. The successful prosecution of a great work which Mr. Gove sought so many years to attain will be Mrs. Gove's reward. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Author: Keith N. Morgan
Release Date: 2012
In 1883, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. moved from New York City to Brookline, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb that annointed itself the "richest town in the world." For the next half century, until his son Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. relocated to California in 1936, the Olmsted firm received over 150 local commissions, serving as the dominant force in the planned development of this community. From Fairsted, the Olmsteds' Brookline home and office, the firm collaborated with an impressive galaxy of suburban neighbors who were among the regional and national leaders in the fields of architecture and horticulture, among them Henry Hobson Richardson and Charles Sprague Sargent. Through plans for boulevards and parkways, residential subdivisions, institutional commissions, and private gardens, the Olmsted firm carefully guided the development of the town, as they designed cities and suburbs across America. While Olmsted Sr. used landscape architecture as his vehicle for development, his son and namesake saw Brookline as grounds for experiment in the new profession of city and regional planning, a field that he was helping to define and lead. Little has been published on the importance of Brookline as a laboratory and model for the Olmsted firm's work. This beautifully illustrated book provides important new perspective on the history of planning in the United States and illuminates an aspect of the Olmsted office that has not been well understood.