History Of Brunei, A (Print-On-Demand Only)
by Saunders, Graham
About This Book
This remains the only full-length study of the Brunei Sultanate from the earliest times to the present. It traces the history of the state and its lines of rulers from their pre-Islamic origins to the present. Graham Saunders explores the controversies over events, persons and developments in Brunei's past which are still important issues in defining Brunei's identity and its political and social systems today. The antecedents of the Sultanate, the date of conversion to Islam, the reigns of the early Sultans, the line of descent, early contacts with the Europeans and the Sultanate's struggle to survive pressures from abroad are all elucidated in this fascinating study.
The book also explores Brunei's changing fortunes over the course of the twentieth century, from its apparently inevitable decline towards extinction under pressure from the Brookes of Sarawak and the British North Borneo Company at the turn of the century, to the economic successes of the post-war years which prompted popular desire for democratic and constitutional reform. This transition from dependency to independence while retaining the Sultan's absolute rule, is analysed in detail, and includes an assessment of the years since independence in 1984.
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