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By J. H. Walker

A reinterpretation of Sarawak background, "Power and Prowess" explores the community of energy, monetary and formality relationships that built at the northwest coast of Borneo within the mid-19th century, from which a coalition led via James Brooke validated the nation of Sarawak. the place many authors positioned Brooke within the context of 19th-century British imperialism, this examine perceives him within the context of Bornean cultures and political economies. Brooke emerges from the old checklist as a "man of prowess", with the writer opting for very important ritual resources of Brooke's strength between Malays, Bidayuh and Ibans, resources which derived from and expressed indigenous cultural traditions approximately fertility, well-being and standing. Drawing on conceptual frameworks from political technological know-how, in addition to fresh southeast Asian historiography, the ebook bargains a close political heritage of the interval and new interpretations of Brooke's occupation. This research additionally retrieves from the historic resources formerly hid narratives which replicate the pursuits, priorities and actions of Sarawak humans themselves.

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