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Historical Dictionary of Brunei Darussalam
     

Historical Dictionary of Brunei Darussalam

by D. S. Ranjit Singh
 

The modern state of Negara Brunei Darussalam (or, "Abode of Peace") achieved its independence from the British in 1984 after 96 years of existence as a British protectorate. The state is currently run by a royal family who established a kingdom in Brunei c. 1363, when the first sultan, Sultan Muhammad (Alak Betatar) was installed. The present ruler, Sultan Hassanal

Overview

The modern state of Negara Brunei Darussalam (or, "Abode of Peace") achieved its independence from the British in 1984 after 96 years of existence as a British protectorate. The state is currently run by a royal family who established a kingdom in Brunei c. 1363, when the first sultan, Sultan Muhammad (Alak Betatar) was installed. The present ruler, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is the 29th sultan from the lineage, and is among the world's richest men. Likewise, Brunei is well known for its wealth, and its population ranks amongst those with the highest per capita GNP and income in the world. As a major oil producer, Brunei uses the income generated from those revenues to develop the economy, expand the infrastructure and improve educational and welfare systems. Income is supplemented by curious tourists, eager to visit a slowly modernizing, fairly isolated country. The Historical Dictionary of Brunei Darussalam looks at the historical, political, economic, cultural and social backgrounds of this intriguing state. Appendixes list the genealogy of the Sultans of Brunei, and present key information on the political heads of the country. Twenty tables give figures on the population, finance, exports and imports. The Dictionary also includes a glossary, chronology and ten maps.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
...provides a valuable introduction to the oil-rich, smallest ... nation in Southeast Asia...because Brunei is neglected or omitted in many treatments of Southeast Asia, this volume offers background information that will be needed by anyone wishing to research the nation and its royal family...
Pacific Affairs
...useful for quick references on Brunei...Useful appendices...an important resource book.
Asian Studies Review
Brunei is a small country and this volume is able to revel in longer entries and a more relaxed style than other historical dictionaries in the Scarecrow Press series.
CHOICE
A useful...source for libraries supporting study of Southeast Asia or Indonesia.

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A useful...source for libraries supporting study of Southeast Asia or Indonesia.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...provides a valuable introduction to the oil-rich, smallest ... nation in Southeast Asia...because Brunei is neglected or omitted in many treatments of Southeast Asia, this volume offers background information that will be needed by anyone wishing to research the nation and its royal family...
Booknews
The introduction to this volume examines the historical, political, economic, cultural, and social background of the state of Brunei, well known for its wealth and oil production. The greater part of the volume consists of a dictionary covering the people, places, organizations, and events of significance. Appendices list the genealogy of the Sultans of Brunei and present information on the political heads of the country. Twenty tables offer figures on the population, finance, exports, and imports. Includes a glossary, chronology, and ten maps. B&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810832763
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East Series , #25
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.73(d)

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Meet the Author

D.S. Ranjit Singh is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of History as well as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He is a specialist in the history of British Borneo and contemporary Southeast Asia. Jatswan S. Sidhu is associate professor in the Department of International & Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and specializes in the History of Brunei and Burma.

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