The Prince of Pirates:
The Temenggongs and the Development of Johor and Singapore,
Carl A Trocki
Trocki puts forward a new theory about the early history of Singapore, i.e. Raffles didn't start from scratch. For at least a century before his arrival the Sultans of Johore and such of their brother sultans in the archipelago who could wriggle out of Dutch control, had been inviting Chinese capitalists and labourers into their domains to farm opium, gambier and pepper and develop business generally. The Johor sultanate was unique in that it recorded in some detail how these Chinese kongsis, or enterprises, operated. Trocki's work is based on research of these archives. 251 pages with the following chapters
Condition: This is an ex-library book with labels on the spine and a front end paper and stamps on the text block, title page and on a rear end paper. The dust jacket has been well protected by a plastic jacket. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is fairly mild tanning throughout.