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The End of the Brooke Raj in Sarawak

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Kiscadale Asia Research Series No. 1

In 1917 Charles Vyner Brooke became the third and last "White Raja" of Sarawak. His good looks, a disregard for pomp and convention, and a taste for such modern amenities of life as cars and cigarettes, led some to attribute to Vyner the character of a dilettante and to predict that his reign would be short-lived. In both respects they were wrong. Vyner followed, perhaps too closely and without the same dedication, the role laid down by his father, the second Raja. In 1941, on the centenary of Brooke rule, Vyner issued a proclamation giving up absolute power and establishing a constitutional monarchy, but within weeks Sarawak was occupied by Japanese troops. Vyner appreciated more clearly than others that Brooke rule had had its day, and in 1946 he ceded Sarawak to Britain. Dr Crisswell has spent many years researching the Brooke raj and has published several works on the subject.

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Author(s):
Crisswell, Colin N
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
1993
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
140
Publisher:
Kiscadale

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Kiscadale Asia Research Series No. 1

In 1917 Charles Vyner Brooke became the third and last "White Raja" of Sarawak. His good looks, a disregard for pomp and convention, and a taste for such modern amenities of life as cars and cigarettes, led some to attribute to Vyner the character of a dilettante and to predict that his reign would be short-lived. In both respects they were wrong. Vyner followed, perhaps too closely and without the same dedication, the role laid down by his father, the second Raja. In 1941, on the centenary of Brooke rule, Vyner issued a proclamation giving up absolute power and establishing a constitutional monarchy, but within weeks Sarawak was occupied by Japanese troops. Vyner appreciated more clearly than others that Brooke rule had had its day, and in 1946 he ceded Sarawak to Britain. Dr Crisswell has spent many years researching the Brooke raj and has published several works on the subject.

Author(s):
Crisswell, Colin N
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
1993
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
140
Publisher:
Kiscadale

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