Some Lessons from the White Rajahs of Sarawak: Identifying and Strengthening Local Capacities for Peace in the Deep South of Thailand

Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution, Vol. 1, No. 6, pp. 117-121, November 2009

4 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2009

Date Written: November 13, 2009

Abstract

The present paper explores some of the lessons that can be learned from the reigns of the first two Rajahs of the Brook dynasty of Sarawak. They ruled over a realm populated by Malays, Dyaks, Chinese and Europeans with great wisdom and skills. Rajahs James Brooke and Charles Brooke both identified important local capacities for peace and strengthened them so as to keep their multi-ethnic state together. Comparing and contrasting the rule of a British dynasty in Southeast Asia during the colonial period to the post-colonial colonialism of the Thai State in the Deep South shows that some characteristics of traditional colonial rule as exercised by the White Rajahs of Sarawak were more likely to lead to sustainable peace and development than the excesses of post-colonial nationalism.

Keywords: Sarawak, colonialism, capacities for peace, development, ethnic conflict

Suggested Citation

von Feigenblatt, Otto Federico, Some Lessons from the White Rajahs of Sarawak: Identifying and Strengthening Local Capacities for Peace in the Deep South of Thailand (November 13, 2009). Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution, Vol. 1, No. 6, pp. 117-121, November 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1521142

Otto Federico Von Feigenblatt (Contact Author)

Real Academia de Doctores de España ( email )

Madrid
Spain

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