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A History of Sarawak Under Its Two White Rajahs 1839-1908

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This book, first published in 1909, is the offical history of Sarawak (which now forms a part of Malaysia) during the rule of Rajah James and Rajah Charles. Although, as Nicholas Tarling emphasizes in his introduction, professional historians have reinterpreted Sarawak's history more completely in recent years, this classic work not only captures the spirit of the times, ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published August 24th 1989 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1909)
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Sabine Baring-Gould was born in the parish of St Sidwell, Exeter on 28 January 1834. The eldest son of Edward Baring-Gould and his first wife, Sophia Charlotte (née Bond), he was named after a great-uncle, the Arctic explorer Sir Edward Sabine.Because the family spent much of his childhood travelling round Europe, most of his education was by private tutors. He only spent about two years in formal ...more
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