About the book (from jacket flap):
Mr. B. W. Hodder “sets out to examine the two-way interaction between peoples and places which has contributed to the pattern of settlement and development of Malaya. He includes more detail of the physiological and dietetic factors than is common among geographers and this alone must command attention because of its relevance to the development of other parts of the Humid Tropics.
Malaya has given us many examples of the manner in which different cultures, each in the process of adapting to a new environment, interact. There the arid tropical culture of the Muslims merges with the wet tropical island culture of Melanesian and Polynesian origin. These have more recently been modified by large-scale commercial activities of firms using European techniques and who mainly employ Chinese and Indian labourers…Mr Hodder unravels these elements to indicate their impact on the surface of Malaya and on the several races exploiting it.”