First 1907 edition of Frank Swettenham's "British Malaya ~ An Account of the Origin and Progress of British Influence in Malaya". With a specially compiled map, numerous illustrations reproduced from photographs and a frontispiece in photogravure.
British Malaya is a classic and exhaustive description of the British possessions in Southeast Asia. Swettenham himself was the Resident-General of the Federated Malay States from 1896-1901. The Federated Malay States would form the core of modern-day Malaysia, being a federation of Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, and Pahang, even having Kuala Lumpur as its capital.
The book features a first-person account of British Malaya focusing on Peninsular Malaysia, the part jutting out of the Asian mainland. Swettenham’s book includes anthropological, naturalist, and geographic description of the country he once governed.
The Malacca Strait was of utmost importance during the Age of Exploration because it was the path to the Spice Islands. Originally controlled by the Portuguese, the British moved to secure the Indies starting from the late 18th century. During the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, the British were able to secure Dutch possessions such as Malacca, laying the foundation for future British Malaya. Eventually, British Malaya came to include territories of current Malaysia but also Singapore, Brunei, and even parts of Thailand and Indonesia.
THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF THE BRITISH POSSESSIONS IN THE STRAITS OF MALACCA
MALACCA - EARLY HISTORY
PINANG - EARLY HISTORY - LORD MINTO’S EXPEDITION TO JAVA
SINGAPORE - EARLY HISTORY - SIR STAMFORD RAFFLES
THE STRAITS FROM 1825 - 67 - THE ARRANGEMENT MADE TO SETTLE THE CLAIMS OF THE SULTAN AND TEMENGGONG IN REGARD TO JOHORE
THE STRAITS FROM 1867-73 - SIR HARRY ORD’S ADMINISTRATION - ANARCHY IN THE MALAY STATES
THE MALAY : HIS CUSTOMS, PREJUDICES, ARTS, LANGUAGE, AND LITERATURE
1847 - SIR ANDREW CLARKE - BRITISH INTERVENTION IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE WESTERN MALAY STATES
1875 - 6 - SIR WILLIAM JERVOIS - BRITISH RESIDENT OF PERAK ASSASSINATED - PUNITIVE EXPEDITION
THE EVOLUTION OF THE RESIDENTIAL SYSTEM - TIN MINING - WHAT THE MALAY OWE TO CHINESE LABOUR AND ENTERPRISE - ROADS - RAILWAYS
THE CONTINUED EVOLUTION OF THE RESIDENTIAL SYSTEM - REVENUE FARMS - EDUCATION - LAND SETTLEMENT - IRRIGATION - RUBBER CULTIVATION - CURRENCY - PAHANG
1895 - 1906 - FEDERATION AND ITS RESULTS
CONCERNING THE MALAY STATES WHICH ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEDERATION
HOW TO DEVELOPMENT OF THE MALAY STATES HAS AFFECTED THE NEIGHBOURING BRITISH COLONY , AND THE RELATIONS OF BOTH WITH THE COLONIAL OFFICE - THE SINGAPORE HARBOUR AND DOCKS - THE CIVIL SERVICE - THE MALAY ADMINISTRATOR - THE FUTURE OF BRITISH MALAYA
Dimensions: 25 × 17 cm.