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First posted on May 8th 2002, last revised on February 8th 2008

The Sultanate of Brunei traces her origins back into the 14th century. At its climax in the 16th century it controlled the northern coast of Borneo as well as nearby islands such as Palawan and the Sulu Archipelago. When the Spanish established their control of the Philippines in 1565 and following, Brunei successfully resisted the Spanish. In the early 19th century, Brunei lost much of its territory to the Rajadom of Sarawak, other territory to the British North Borneo Company, Labuan to Britain. From 1888 to 1984 Brunei was a British protectorate; in 1984 Brunei Darussalam regained independence.

Until into the 19th century, the name "Borneo" was used for both the island and for the Sultanate respectively city of Brunei.

Timeline : Brunei
Historical Atlas, Brunei Page

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Country Profiles from BBC Country Profiles; from World Desk Reference ; from Nations Encyclopedia; from Wikipedia; from CIA World Factbook, Countries : Brunei
from World Wide Gazetteer; from Index Mundi
Links General from Library of Congress, Portals to the World; from BUBL, from dmoz; from Virtual Library; from East and Southeast Asia. An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources
List of Brunei-related Topics, from Wikipedia
on History Category : History of Brunei, from Wikipedia
Organizations International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA)
Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies (JSSEAS)
The International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH)
Finnish University Network for East and Southeast Asian Studies
Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
Timelines from timelines.ws, a website exploiting US newspaper articles, very detailed on the 20th century; from BBC News, from Government of Brunei
Accounts of History Brunei History, from Brunet, from Brunei Direct
One of the World's oldest Dynasties, from Brunet
History of Brunei, from Wikipedia; from Crime and Society. A Comparative Criminology Tour of the World (Robert Winslow)
Politics Political Resources on the Net : Brunei; Governments on the WWW : Brunei; For the Record 2000 : Brunei Darussalaam, from UN Human Rights System; Article Politics of Brunei, from Wikipedia
Official Philosophy, from Government of Brunei Darussalam Official Website
Article Politics of Brunei, from Wikipedia
Dijk, Ludovicus Carolus Desiderius, Neerland's vroegste betrekkingen met Borneo, den Solo-Archipel, Cambodja, Siam en Cochin-China een nagelaten werk, 1862, in Dutch, SBB
Military Wars of Brunei, from ACED
The War against Sukarno. Borneo, Brunei and Sarawak 1962-1966, from Britain's Small Wars 1945-2001
James Brooke, Henry Keppel, The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido for the Suppression of Piracy (1846), posted online by Gutenberg Library Online
Economy & Finances A Global History of Currencies : Brunei; Article Economy of Brunei, from Wikipedia
Article Brunei Dollar, from Wikipedia
History of Oil & Gas, from Brunei Shell Petroleum; Brunei History of Oil and Gas, from Brunei National Petroleum Company
Search Company History, Funding Universe : Company Histories for Brunei
Ethnography Languages of Brunei (17), from Ethnologue
World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples : Brunei Darussalam
Religion Chronology of Catholic Dioceses : Brunei, from Kirken i Norge
Category Religion in Brunei, from Wikipedia
Bornean Religions, from Overview of World Religions
Catholic Church in Negara Brunei Darussalam, from GCatholic
History of Regions Districts of Brunei Darussalam, from www.statoids.com
Local History Bandar Seri Begawan, from Wikipedia
Institutions Article Radio Television Brunei, Brunei International Airport, Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, from Wikipedia
Borneo, Brunei, from Airline History
Structurae : Brunei
Biographies List of Brunei People, from Wikipedia
Others Disaster History by Country : Brunei, from Relief Web
Article Brunei at the Olympics, Category Sport in Brunei, from Wikipedia
Alcohol and Drugs History Society : Brunei
Crime and Society. A Comparative Criminology Tour of the World : Brunei
Indo-Malayan Ecoregion, from WWF

Historical Data Lists of Statesmen from World Statesmen (B. Cahoon); from Rulers (B. Schemmel); from Regnal Chronologies; from World Rulers (E. Schulz, illustrated)
Lists of Ambassadors List of High Commissioners from the United Kingdom to Brunei, from Wikipedia; Liste der Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei Darussalam), from Wikipedia German edition; List of Ambassadors of Russia to Brunei, from Wikipedia
U.S. Ambassadors to Brunei, from NNDB; List of Canadian Heads of Post, click Brunei
Chinese Ambassadors to Brunei, from PRC MOFA
Statistical Data Responsible Institution Department of Economic Planning and Development, Brunei
Population Figures Historical Population Statistics : Brunei, from Population Statistics, Univ. Utrecht
Population of Cities : Brunei, from City Population
Election Results from Psephos (no election held since independence in 1984)
Exchange Rates Historical Exchange Rates, from Oanda, since 1990
Documents Historical Newspapers Kranten - historisch, from startpagina.nl Dutch language site
Search Papers Past (New Zealand Newspapers 1839-1920)
Search Newspapers SG (Singapore Newspapers 1831-2006)
Historic Australian Newspapers 1803-1954
Modern Newspapers links from World Newspapers, from Online Newspapers, from ABYZ News Links
Image Databanks Systematic Collections
Systematic Collections
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Items on Brunei
License Plate, from World License Plate
Passport, from World Passports
Historic Picture Postcards, from Postcardman, commercial site
Airline Timetable Images : Brunei Darussalam
Archival Deposits
Constitutions, Laws Internet Law Library : Brunei
Treaties Brunei : Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Navigation, 1850, oo,1080-1982 in Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States of America, 1976, GB
Declaration of the Admission of Brunei Darussalam into ASEAN, Jakarta, 7 January 1984, from ASEAN Page
Brunei, pp.1080-1082 in vol.5 of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States of America 1776-1949, 1976, GB
Document Surveys British Library, Guide to Current South Asian Official Publications; scroll down for Brunei
Historical Maps responsible institutions Brunei, Ministry of Development, Survey Department
collections WHKMLA Historical Atlas, Brunei Page
Atlas of Brunei, from Wikimedia Commons
Maps of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, posted by Mapas Imperiales, scans, scroll down for Indonesia, Malasia y Brunei
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection : Images of Brunei
PRINT : J.M. Pluvier, Historical Atlas of South-East Asia, Leiden : Brill 1995 [G]
Brunei, Modern
Brunei, Contemporary
Encyclopedia Entries
Secular Article : Borneo, pp.337-339 in vol.4 of The London Encyclopaedia 1829, GB
from EB 1911
from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German
Religious from Catholic Encyclopedia (of 1907-1914, art.: Borneo);
Economic Of Borneo, pp.678-679 in W. Beawes, Lex mercatoria rediviva : or, The merchant's directory, 1773, GB
Of Borneo, pp.246-247 in vol.2 of W. Beawes, Lex mercatoria: or, A complete code of commercial law, 1813, GB
Borneo Town, pp.419-421 in vol.2 of W. Milburn, Oriental Commerce, 1813, GB
J. Chr. Nelkenbrecher, Allgemeines Taschenbuch der Münz-, Maass- und Gewichtskunde für Banquiers und Kaufleute (General Manual on Coinage, Measurement and Weights, for Bankers and Merchants) Berlin 1832, in German, entries Borneo, posted by DTBSWS
E.G. Balfour, The cyclopaedia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, commercial, industrial, and scientific; products of the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms, useful arts and manufactures (1885), vol.1, vol.2, vol.3, posted on Internet Archive; search for Brunei
Geographical Borneo (Kingdom), p.780 in vol.5 of J. Playfair, A System of Geography, ancient and modern, 1813, GB
Borneo, a town p.479 in C. Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, or, a Description of All the Parts of the World , 1822, GB
Borneo, pp.196-201 in vol.5 of J. Bell, A system of geography, popular and scientific, 1831, GB
Articles Borneo, Borneo eller Brunei, from Geografisk-Statistisk Haandbog 1858-1863, in Danish
Historical Borneo, pp.87-99 in J. Burney, A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean, 1803, GB
Parliamentary Debates Staten Generaal Digitaal (Dutch Parliament, 1900-1994)
Hansard (British Parliament)
Historical Travelogues An Account of Borneo, pp.143-149 in A. Hamilton, A new account of the East Indies, 1744, GB
R.W.C. Shelford, E.B. Poulton, A Naturalist in Borneo 1912, posyed on Internet Archive
Tivadar Posewitz, Borneo: Entdeckungsreisen und Untersuchungen : gegenwärtiger Stand der geologischen Kenntniss. Verbreitung von Mineralien 1889, in German, posted on Internet Archive
G.W. Earl, The Eastern seas; or, Voyages and adventures in the Indian Archipelago in 1832, 1833 and 1834, comprising a tour of the island of Java, visits to Borneo, the Malay Peninsula &c., and an account of the present state of Singapore, 1837, GB
Institutions Archives, Musea, Libraries Libraries, Archives in Brunei, from Portals to the World
Libraries in Brunei, from LibDex
Official Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Flag, from FOTW; Crest, from Wikipedia; National Anthem, from National Anthems Net
Coins, Banknotes Banknotes of Brunei from World Currency Museum; from Ron Wise's World Paper Money
Article Coins of Brunei, from Wikipedia

Bibliographies general Search ISBN Database
RHS Bibliography
UK National Archive Online Library
on Brunei survey of bibliographies
bibliographic database
general bibliographies Borneo Bibliography 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, from Borneo Research Bulletin
annual bibliographies
specialist bibliographies
serial publications Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (MBRAS)
general bibliographies
Brunei entries
Search Asian Development Bank (ADB) Publications for Brunei
ASEAN Environmental Education Inventory Database, resources, scroll down for Brunei
South East Asia Dissertations, click Brunei
Online Libraries general Gutenberg Library Online, Internet Archive
Persee (French search engine)
CIFOR Publications (on Forest Management)
On Southeast Asia Malaysian Theses Online
ISEAS Working Papers, Back Issues 2000-2003
Philippines ELibrary
Sejarah Melayu Library
KITLV Aceh Books
Perpustakaan Nasional (Indonesian National Library), click Koleksi Digital
NUS Asia Research Institute ARI Working Papers Series
Online Journals On South-East Asia Moussons. Recherche en sciences humaines sur l'Asie du Sud-Est
Bulletin de l'Ecole française de l'Extreme Orient 1901-2003
Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 1979-
Southeast Asian Studies e-Bulletin 1996-
On the Malay Archipelago Archipel 1971-2004 (French search engine)
BTLV 1853-1908, 1950-2009
Institute of the Malay World and Civilization, Sari 1999-2009, partly in English, partly in Bahasa Malaysia
On Borneo Borneo Research Bulletin
Index of Borneo Research Bulletin, -2006
General Accounts On Southeast Asia Nicholas Tarling, The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, 4 vol.s, Cambridge : UP (1992) 1999, KMLA Lib.Sign. 959 T188c
On Brunei Nicholas Tarling, The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, 4 vol.s, Cambridge : UP (1992) 1999, KMLA Lib.Sign. 959 T188c
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edition, Macropaedia, Vol.27, pp.729-733 Article Southeast Asia : Brunei, KMLA Lib.Sign. R 032 B862h v.27
Historical Dictionaries D.R. Singh, J.S. Sidhu, Historical Dictionary of Brunei Darussalam, Lanham Md. : Scarecrow 1997
Historical Atlasses Jan M. Pluvier, Historical Atlas of Southeast Asia, Leiden : Brill 1995 [G]
Statistical Data IHS : B.R. Mitchell, International Historical Statistics. Africa, Asia & Oceania 1750-2000, London : Palgrave 2003 [G]
Article : Brunei, in : The World in Figures 1st ed. 1976 pp.163-164, 2nd ed. 1978 pp.163-164, 4th ed. 1984 pp.163-164 [G]
Yearbook Entries Britannica Book of the Year Brunei, 1913 p. 628, Borneo, 1946 p.133, 1947 pp.135-136, North Borneo, 1948 p.534, 1949 p.472, British Borneo, 1950 p.126, 1951 p.123, 1952 p.131, 1953 pp.121-122, 1954 pp.119-120, 1955 p.180, 1956 p.119, 1957 pp.178-179, 1958 p.119, 1959 p.120, 1960 pp.120-121, 1961 pp.119-120, 1962 pp.107-108, 1963 p.223, Protected States, Condominiums and Trust Territories, 1964 pp.695-696, 1965 pp.669-671, 1966 pp.635-639, 1967 p.651, 1968 pp.648-650, Dependent States, Brunei, 1969 p.278, 1970 p.278, 1971 pp.268-269, 1972 p.243, 1973 p.235, 1974 p.251, 1976 p.252, 1977 p.252, 1978 p.305, 1979 p.306, 1980 p.304, 1981 p.304, 1982 p.297, 1983 p.297, Brunei, 1984 p.218, 1985 pp.514-515, 645, 1986 pp.509, 641, 1987 pp.479, 610, 1988 pp.437, 562, 1989 pp.436, 562, 1990 pp.453, 578, 1991 pp.435, 562, 1992 pp.408, 562, 1993 pp.411-412, 572, 1994 pp.412, 572, 1995 pp.384, 572, 1996 pp.381-382, 572, 1997 pp.401, 570, 2002 pp.399, 567
Statesman's Year-Book Borneo (British), 1898 pp.101-102, 1901 pp.110-112, 1902 pp.113-116, 1904 pp.113-116, 1905 pp.113-116, 1906 pp.115-118, 1907 pp.117-120, 1910 pp.101-103, 1912 pp.106-109, 1918 pp.96-99, 1919 pp.101-104, 1924 pp.104-107, 1925 pp.107-108, 1926 pp.95-98, 1928 pp.98-99, 1929 pp.96-99, 1932 pp.98-100, 1933 pp.100-102, 1937 pp.103-106, 1942 pp.89-93, 1943 pp.90-93, 1961-1962 pp.244-250, Brunei, 1970-1971 pp.139-140, 1975-1976 pp.234-236, 1976-1977 pp.235-237, 1978-1979 pp.236-238, 1979-1980 pp.235-237, 1980-1981 pp.236-238, 1981-1982 pp.241-243, 1983-1984 pp.239-241, 1984-1985 pp.238-240, 1985-1986 pp.237-239, 1986-1987 pp.238-241, 1987-1988 pp.238-241, 1988-1989 pp.237-240, 1989-1990 pp.239-242, 1990-1991 pp.239-242, 1991-1992 pp.239-242, 1992-1993 pp.239-242, 1993-1994 pp.239-242, 1994-1995 pp.233-237, 1995-1996 pp.225-228, 1996-1997 pp.241-244, 1997-1998 pp.246-249, 1998-1999 pp.274-277, 2000 pp.328-332, 2001 pp.318-321, 2002 pp.333-336, 2003 pp.331-334, 2004 pp.332-335, 2005 pp.327-330
(New) Int'l Yearbook Borneo, 1898 p.112, 1899 pp.123-124, 1900 pp.131-132, Brunei, 1907 p.119, 1908 p.110, 1923 pp.109-110, 1925 p.110, 1928 p.118, 1930 p.117, 1932 p.118, 1933 p.112, 1934 p.104, 1935 p.104, 1938 pp.108-109, 1939 p.97, British Malaya Events of 1940 pp.90-91, 1941 pp.82-83, 1942 pp.94-95, 1943 pp.81-82, 1944 pp.83-84
Americana Annual Borneo, British - Brunei, 1927 pp.109-110, 1928 pp.100-101, 1930 pp.115-116, 1931 p.113, 1932 p.110, 1933 pp.100-101, 1934 p.112, 1935 p.104, 1936 p.92, 1937 p.81, 1938 pp.83-84, 1939 p.90, 1940 p.79, 1943 pp.104-105, 1944 pp.97-98, Borneo - Brunei, 1945 pp.99-100, 1946 pp.105-107, 1947 pp.88-89, 1957 pp.93-94, 1961 p.85, 1962 pp.82-83, 1963 p.95, Brunei, 1964 pp.104-105
Other Article : Brunei, in : Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Encyclopedia Year Book 1932 p.96, 1933 p.128, 1934 p.112, 1935 p.104, 1936 p.90, 1937 p.89, 1938 p.90 [G]
Entry : Brunei, in : The Commonwealth Yearbook 1989 pp.151-153 [G]

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