Rajahs and Rebels: The Ibans of Sarawak Under Brooke Rule, 1841- 1941 :: Robert Pringle soon to be presented for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Macmillan, 1970, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; List of abbreviations; Maps to the front endpaper and blank; Appendices (3);
From the cover: Rajahs and Rebels is the first history of Sarawak to evaluate critically the unique period during which three generations of English White Rajahs governed Malaysias largest state. Between 1841 and 1941 the Brooke family ruled a diverse multiracial population of which the largest and most troublesome element, the Ibans, were a constant source of concern. In assessing this unorthodox colonial regime, the author tells a colourful story in which he examines the uneasy relations between the British Government and the Rajahs, the political and social position of the Ibans, Malays and other smaller ethnic groups and the effect on the Ibans of a century of Brooke overlordship. Pringle concludes his study by evaluating the nature and consequences of Brooke administration in the broader context of European dominance in South-East Asia.
The author first establishes the geographic and social setting, and discusses two features of traditional Iban culture, headhunting and shifting cultivation, which raised special administrative problems for the Brookes. He then describes the political condition of the Iban country on the eve of Brooke rule. The gradual extension of Brooke influence to the Iban territory in the period 184…
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine , now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve.
Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. (xx) 410 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 6″.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt you with something from my History catalogue?