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Historical dictionary of Brunei Darussalam
Ranjit Singh, 1944-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xxxiv, 178 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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DS650.5 .S56 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The modern state of Negara Brunei Darussalam achieved its independence from the British in 1984, after 96 years of existence as a British protectorate. This dictionary covers all aspect of the kingdom which is famous for its wealth.

Author Notes

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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Although reference sources for the small country of Brunei Darussalam are badly needed, this title misses important historical information, making it primarily a compendium of information about modern Brunei. The lengthy introduction serves as a general introduction to the history and culture of this recently independent country; unfortunately, many important historical events and figures are overlooked in the dictionary section. There are no entries, for example, for the Sri Vijaya, Majapahit, or Melaka empires, which influenced the region's history. Although an appendix provides a list of sultans since 1363, they are absent from the general dictionary, an omission made more remarkable by the inclusion members of the ruling sultan's family. The bibliography is useful, although it too emphasizes modern Brunei. A useful but not comprehensive source for libraries supporting study of Southeast Asia or Indonesia. C. L. Mitchell University of Wisconsin--Madison