Power and Prowess: The Origins of Brooke Kingship in Sarawak

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ISBN-13: 9780824825003
Published: March 2002

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320 pages
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  • About the Book
  • In this significant reinterpretation of Sarawak history, John Walker explores the network of power, economic, and ritual relationships that developed on the northwest coast of Borneo in the mid-nineteenth century, from which a coalition led by James Brooke established the state of Sarawak.

    Where many authors placed Brooke in the context of nineteenth-century British imperialism, this study perceived him in the context of Bornean cultures and political economies. Brooke emerges from the historical record as a “man of prowess,” with the author identifying important ritual sources of Brooke's power among Malays, Bidayuh, and Iban–sources that derived from and expressed indigenous cultural traditions about fertility, health, and status.For sale in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand by NUS (Singapore) Press