Item description for White Rajahs of Sarawak by Bob Reece...
In 1838 James Brooke left England in search of adventure in the far-off lands of Southeast Asia. Armed with a dream of expelling the Dutch and establishing enlightened British rule in the region, he undertook missions for the Sultan of Brunei, pursuing pirate raiders and battling rebels. As a reward, he was offered Sarawak, a Malay territory in the northwest of the island of Borneo, inhabited by diverse tribes and cultures, notably the head-hunting Dayaks. The dynasty of the White Rajahs of Sarawak began in 1841, was shattered by the Japanese invasion in 1941 and ended in 1946 with Sarawaks annexation as a British Crown Colony. James, the charismatic founder; Charles, the astute administrator; and Vyner, the irresponsible hedonist, are the principal players in this incredible family saga. This richly illustrated book relives the heady mix of exoticism, violence, courage and romance of this extraordinary adventure. Highlights: Intriguing story of one familys rule of Sarawak, Well-documented, Numerous pictures and illustrations to accompany the story.
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Studio: Didier Millet
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.9" Width: 9.6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date May 25, 2001
Publisher Archipelago Press (SG)
ISBN 981415511X ISBN13 9789814155113
Availability 0 units.
More About Bob Reece
Reece is Associate Professor in History at Murdoch University in Western Australia.
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Nice Pictorial book Nov 5, 2008
The story of the Brooke Dynasty comprising James, Charles, Vyner and their families is told in this nicely illustrated book by Bob Reece, who is well-known for his documentation on Sarawak history. All the usual pictures are featured and nicely complement the text which is a synthesis of all the known biographies, stories and scandals written about the fabulous Brookes. A fascinating tale of local history.