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Old Kuching: Images of Asia
Hardcover (no d.j.)
Alice Yen Ho. From a small settlement located on both sides of the Sarawak River in Borneo, Kuching has grown into the capital of Malaysia’s largest state. Until the late 1830s, it lay under the suzerainty of Brunei & was frequently menaced by pirates & headhunters. In 1841, as a reward for quelling an uprising by the local inhabitants, James Brooke was ceded territories in Sarawak & given the title ‘Rajah’, thus establishing a dynasty which was to last until 1946 when Sarawak was ceded to Britain. Although the early years of the Brooke raj were spent restoring peace & promoting exports, Kuching grew rapidly into a prosperous trading post. “Paints a picture of the development of the town & of its communities who were so vital in contributing to its distinctive character.” Illus.
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