Report On Brunei In 1904

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In 1904 the British Protectorate of Brunei had reached the nadir of its fortunes. Reduced to two small strips of territory, bankrupt, and threatened with takeover by the Rajah of Sarawak (Sir Charles Brooke), Brunei received M. S. H. McArthur who was dispatched to make recommendations for Brunei's future administration. As a result of McArthur’s Report on Brunei in 1904, the British government decided to underwrite the separate existence of the sultanate, thus giving a reprieve to the “dying kingdom.” The report...
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Overview


In 1904 the British Protectorate of Brunei had reached the nadir of its fortunes. Reduced to two small strips of territory, bankrupt, and threatened with takeover by the Rajah of Sarawak (Sir Charles Brooke), Brunei received M. S. H. McArthur who was dispatched to make recommendations for Brunei's future administration. As a result of McArthur’s Report on Brunei in 1904, the British government decided to underwrite the separate existence of the sultanate, thus giving a reprieve to the “dying kingdom.” The report is the most important document in the history of modern Brunei and is here annotated and given historical context by A. V. M. Horton.
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“Dr. Horton offers a lengthy introduction to the report. In that, and in extensive notes, he offers critical comment on it, identifies persons and places, arbitrates on controversial agreements and correspondence, and offers some account of the early years of the Residency… McArthur’s report was worth printing, both for its intrinsic interest and for its historical importance.”

-- Nicholas Tarling, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgements xiii
Part 1 Brunei 1904-1908: M.S.H. McArthur and the Foundation of the British Residential System 1
Introduction 3
The Purpose of McArthur's Mission and the Reaction of the Rajah of Sarawak 3
McArthur in Brunei: 3 May to 10 November 1904 6
M.S.H. McArthur (1872-1934) 8
Background of the 1904 Mission 11
Notes on A Visit to the Rivers Belait and Tutong 14
Report on Brunei in 1904 23
Report on Brunei in 1904: Part Two 31
McArthur as British Resident in Brunei (1906-1908) 39
Conclusions and Epilogue 69
Part 2 Notes on a Visit to the Rivers Belait and Tutong, June-July 1904 73
General 76
Population 79
Character 80
Condition 80
Trade 81
Political Situation 83
Part 3 Dispatches Covering McArthur's Report on Brunei in 1904 89
Sir John Anderson to Marquess of Lansdowne 18 February 1905 91
C.P. Lucas to Undersecretary of State 17 May 1905 94
Part 4 Report on Brunei in 1904 97
General 99
Climate 100
Soil 101
Minerals 101
Communications 101
Constitution 102
Districts 105
Population 110
Trade 122
The Government 126
The Ruling Class 130
The Succession 136
The Limbang Question 138
The Lawas District 144
Resources 147
Revenue 149
General Summary 153
The Future 155
Notes 179
Abbreviations 261
Glossary 263
Sources 265
Index 275
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