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Prince of Pirates: The Temenggongs and the Development of Johor and Singapore, 1784-1885 (2nd Edition)
No country's history is so well documented yet so poorly understood as that of a former colony. Singapore and Malaysia are particular victims of this historical paradox, and Carl Trocki's account of the history of Johor and Singapore marks a decided advance in Malaysian scholarship. A study of the Temenggongs of Johor, Prince of Pirates offers an original and highly ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by NUS Press - SIngapore
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This book has been sitting on my shelf for years. This is my father's book so I may be a bit bias but here goes. I really did find this book interesting and I learned a lot. I learned about the history of Malaysia specifically Jahore in the 19th century through the indigenous people. Their mayor was called a Temagongg, in this their major export was tin, pepper and gambier (a shrub) and a special kind of rubber called Gutta-Percha which was used in golf balls and dentistry.. The Malays had to ...more
A provoking read about the oft-neglected and misrepresented Temenggongs. Whereas the conventional historiography posits the effortless buying off of the traditional local elite, Trocki convincingly argues that it was power and control which they sought, however unsuccessfully. It misses out on 5 stars due to the rather passive portrayal of everyone but the Temenggongs. More analysis into their dynamic relationship with the Chinese, British and - in particular - the Malay population would not ...more
Carl A. Trocki is an American historian, an expert in Southeast Asia and China. He was professor of Asian Studies at the Queensland University of Technology, director of the Centre for Community and Cross-Cultural Studies of the QUT, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Trocki previously was Jacobson Visiting Associate Professor of Southeast Asian History at Georgetown University ...more