The Malay Archipelago

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace
Publisher:
ISBN:
Size: 11.86 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 1578
Download Read Online

"Wallace (1823-1913) travelled extensively in the Malay Archipelago, he conducted scientific studies of the region's animal life, which to his deelopment of a theory of natural selection. His book is a magnificent combination of interesting sketches of travel and vivid pictures of natural history of the Indo-Malay islands, The Timor, Celebes ad Papuan group, and the Moluccas. Wallace's 'Malay Archipelago is regarded as the most celebrated of all writings on Indonesia and ranks with a small handful of other works as one of nineteenth century's best scientific travel books"--Howgego II, p. 625 (supplied by dealer).

The Malay Archipelago

Author: Alfred Russell Wallace
Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) Limited
ISBN: 9780794605636
Size: 46.94 MB
Format: PDF
View: 2781
Download Read Online

This is one the first and most important books about 18th century Malaysia and covers a wide array of topics from Malaysian culture and history to nature and wildlife. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Malaysia. A century and a half after it was first published, this book remains one of the great classics of natural history and travel—perhaps the greatest. Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913) deserves equal billing with Charles Darwin for his independently drawn but parallel conclusions on the theory of evolution. Darwin himself called Wallace "generous and noble" and referred favorably to his work in later editions of The Origin of Species. The Malay Archipelago is an extraordinarily accessible book. There is a wealth of detail about pre–modern life in the Indonesian archipelago which Wallace accumulated on over 60 separate journeys spanning 14,000 miles. He was equally fascinated by the exotic peoples, flora and fauna he encountered in his epic travels. A mark of his achievement lies in the size of the collections he bequeathed to British museums—some 125,000 specimens ranging from large mammals to tiny insects, exotic butterflies and splendid birds of paradise. His basic thesis stands to this day: that two separate biological zones border these islands, separated by the deep–water channel now known as the Wallace Line, running between Bali and Lombok, which only a relative handful of species have crossed. The islands east of Bali in effect form a transitional zone where some of the world's strangest creatures are found.

The Malay Archipelago

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108022820
Size: 73.42 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 2398
Download Read Online

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist who is best remembered as the co-discoverer, with Darwin, of natural selection. His extensive fieldwork and advocacy of the theory of evolution led to him being considered one of the nineteenth century's foremost biologists. These volumes, first published in 1869, contain Wallace's acclaimed and highly influential account of extensive fieldwork he undertook in modern Indonesia, Malaysia and New Guinea between 1854 and 1862. Wallace describes his travels around the island groups, depicting the unusual animals and insects he encountered and providing ethnographic descriptions of the indigenous peoples. Wallace's analysis of biogeographic patterns in Indonesia (later termed the Wallace Line) profoundly influenced contemporary and later evolutionary and geological thought concerning both Indonesia and other areas of the world where similar patterns were found. Volume 2 covers the Molucca Islands and New Guinea.

The Malay Archipelago The Land Of The Orang Utan And The Bird Of Paradise A Narrative Of Travel With Studies Of Man And Nature Complete

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465610758
Size: 72.11 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
View: 5567
Download Read Online

From a look at a globe or a map of the Eastern hemisphere, we shall perceive between Asia and Australia a number of large and small islands forming a connected group distinct from those great masses of land, and having little connection with either of them. Situated upon the Equator, and bathed by the tepid water of the great tropical oceans, this region enjoys a climate more uniformly hot and moist than almost any other part of the globe, and teems with natural productions which are elsewhere unknown. The richest of fruits and the most precious of spices are Indigenous here. It produces the giant flowers of the Rafflesia, the great green-winged Ornithoptera (princes among the butterfly tribes), the man-like Orangutan, and the gorgeous Birds of Paradise. It is inhabited by a peculiar and interesting race of mankind—the Malay, found nowhere beyond the limits of this insular tract, which has hence been named the Malay Archipelago. To the ordinary Englishman this is perhaps the least known part of the globe. Our possessions in it are few and scanty; scarcely any of our travellers go to explore it; and in many collections of maps it is almost ignored, being divided between Asia and the Pacific Islands. It thus happens that few persons realize that, as a whole, it is comparable with the primary divisions of the globe, and that some of its separate islands are larger than France or the Austrian Empire. The traveller, however, soon acquires different ideas. He sails for days or even weeks along the shores of one of these great islands, often so great that its inhabitants believe it to be a vast continent. He finds that voyages among these islands are commonly reckoned by weeks and months, and that their several inhabitants are often as little known to each other as are the native races of the northern to those of the southern continent of America. He soon comes to look upon this region as one apart from the rest of the world, with its own races of men and its own aspects of nature; with its own ideas, feelings, customs, and modes of speech, and with a climate, vegetation, and animated life altogether peculiar to itself. From many points of view these islands form one compact geographical whole, and as such they have always been treated by travellers and men of science; but, a more careful and detailed study of them under various aspects reveals the unexpected fact that they are divisible into two portions nearly equal in extent which differ widely in their natural products, and really form two parts of the primary divisions of the earth. I have been able to prove this in considerable detail by my observations on the natural history of the various parts of the Archipelago; and, as in the description of my travels and residence in the several islands I shall have to refer continually to this view, and adduce facts in support of it, I have thought it advisable to commence with a general sketch of the main features of the Malayan region as will render the facts hereafter brought forward more interesting, and their bearing upon the general question more easily understood. I proceed, therefore, to sketch the limits and extent of the Archipelago, and to point out the more striking features of its geology, physical geography, vegetation, and animal life.

The Families Of Diptera Of The Malay Archipelago

Author: Pjotr Oosterbroek
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004110533
Size: 40.97 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 2406
Download Read Online

This volume deals with 116 families of Diptera (flies and mosquitoes) known or suspected to occur in the islands of Malesia. Diptera constitute one of the larger orders of insects, and are generally considered to be a taxonomically difficult group, even at the family level. They include various economically important groups, some of which acting as vectors of diseases in man and cattle, while others are beneficial in pest control by virtue of their parasitic or predatory habits. The families of Diptera of the Malay Archipelago will be an indispensable tool for all those working in the fields of ecology, systematic biology, and conservation, as well as applied biology.

Bintan

Author: Gilles Massot
Publisher:
ISBN: 9789810485672
Size: 19.85 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
View: 1267
Download Read Online

Security Perspectives Of The Malay Archipelago

Author: Andrew Tian Huat Tan
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN:
Size: 10.64 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
View: 1028
Download Read Online

Andrew Tan illustrates that the recent emergence of transnational radical terrorism is a new dynamic that has added to, but not supplanted, the existing complex security linkages among the states of the Malay Archipelago. Security Perspectives of the Malay Archipelago discusses how states in this sub-regional security complex have formulated their security perspectives, how they have responded to perceived security challenges and to uncover the extent and nature of security linkages among the five states. The author argues that a more holistic and comprehensive approach is needed to gain both greater understanding and better-informed strategies in managing the myriad security challenges, including international terrorism, internal rebellions and inter-state tensions, that beset this increasingly strategically important region. This book will find a wide readership in policymakers around the globe, intelligence, terrorism and policy analysts, companies with business interests in ASEAN, and those interested in political risk management. Academics and researchers of politics, Asian studies, international relations and security will also welcome the book.