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Literature on the History of South East Asia
First posted on May 8th 2002; last revised on December 19th 2013







The British North Borneo Company, chartered in 1881, took over territorial leases from the Sultanates of Brunei (1866) and Sulu (1878). North Borneo, capital Sandakan (until 1942; after the war : Jesselton), was under British administration except for the period of Japanese occupation 1942-1945. In 1963 British North Borneo was renamed Sabah and joined Malaysia.

North Borneo 1945-1963
North Borneo 1918-1945
North Borneo 1877-1918
North Borneo prior to 1877







Narrative . References : ONLINE SECONDARY SOURCES . Online Primary Sources . Bibliographic and Print Sources

Country Profiles . Links . Organizations . Accounts of History . Politics . Military History . Economic History . Social History . Ethnography
History of Religion . Regional History . Local History . Institutions . Culture . Biography . Environmental History . Others
Country Profiles Current from Wikipedia
Historical J. Hatton, "The new Ceylon." Being a sketch of British North Borneo, or Sabah. From official and other exclusive sources of information, 1881, IA
W.H. Medhurst, British North Borneo, 1885, IA
L.W.W. Gudgeon, British North Borneo, 1913, IA
Links Category : British North Borneo, 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
The Sabah Society
Accounts of History from Wikipedia, from Info Sabah

O. Rutter, British North Borneo : an account of its history, resources, and native tribes , 1922, IA
Administration A. Ireland, The far eastern tropics : studies in the administration of tropical dependencies : Hong Kong, British North Borneo, Sarawak, Burma, the Federated Malay states, the Straits settlements, French Indo-China, Java, the Phillipine islands, 1905, IA
Military The War against Sukarno. Borneo 1962-1966, from Britain's Small Wars
Economy & Finances A Global History of Currencies : British North Borneo
Article British North Borneo Dollar, from Wikipedia
Harold Brookfield, Lesley Potter, and Yvonne Byron In Place of the Forest : Environmental and Socio-economic Transformation in Borneo and the Eastern Malay Peninsula, UNU 1995
Social History
Ethnography I.H.N. Evans, Studies in religion, folk-lore, & custom in British North Borneo and the Malay peninsula, 1923, IA
H.L. Roth, H.B. Low, The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo, 1896, IA
I.H.N. Evans, Among primitive peoples in Borneo : a description of the lives, habits & customs of the piratical head-hunters of North Borneo, with an account of interesting objects of prehistoric antiquity discovered in the island , 1922, IA
British Empire in Asia : British North Borneo, pp.801-842 in vol.2A of J.A. Hammerton, Peoples of All Nations, c.1920, illustrated, IA
Religion Bornean Religions, from Overview of World Religions
I.H.N. Evans, Studies in religion, folk-lore, & custom in British North Borneo and the Malay peninsula, 1923, IA
History of Regions History of Tawau (SE Sabah), from Tawau Homepage
Local History History of Kota Kinabalu (Jesselton), from Wikipedia
Institutions History of the North Borneo Railway
Borneo, from Airline History
Environmental History

WEB-BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . EXTERNALLY POSTED PRIMARY SOURCES
Historical Data . Statistical Data . Documents Newspapers . Yearbooks . Image Databanks . Archival Deposits . Laws . Historiography
Document Collections . Historical Maps . Historical Encyclopedia Articles . Travelogues . Institutions . National Symbols
Historical Data Lists of Statesmen from World Statesmen (B. Cahoon); from Rulers (B. Schemmel), scroll down for Sabah
Statistical Data Population Figures Malaysia : historical demographical data of the administrative divisions, from Population Statistics at Univ. Utrecht; has population data for Sabah (N. Borneo) from 1901 onward
Documents Historical Newspapers Kranten Historisch [historical newspapers]
Image Databanks Sejarah Melayu Gallery
Malaysia Design Archive
Wikimedia Commons
Historic Picture Postcards, from Postcardman, commercial site
Airline Timetable Images : Malaysia
Locomotives of the Malayan Railway, by Tim Light
Archival Deposits Digital Library Malaysia
National Archives (UK)
British North Borneo Co., in : The National Register of Archives (UK)
U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian, search for Malaysia
Search Janus for Malaya, Malaysia, Straits Settlements, Sarawak, North Borneo etc.
Search New Zealand Electronic Text Centre for North Borneo
Historiography
Document Collections Foreign Office (British) : Peace Handbooks (1919-1920), posted on Internet Archive; v. 14. Dutch and British possessions in Asia, no. 82-88
British North Borneo Company Charter 1881, IA
Historical Maps Map of British North Borneo, posted on Brunei from 5000 years ago to today
Historical
Encyclopedia Entries
Secular, on Borneo Article : Borneo, from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German, posted by Retro Bibliothek
Article : Borneo, in EB 1911, posted by Classic Encyclopedia
Article : Borneo, pp.715-717 in vol.3 of Salmonsens Konversationsleksikon 1915-1930, in Danish, posted by Project Runeberg
Secular, on Sabah Article : Brittiska Nord-Borneo, p.105 in vol.4 of Nordisk Familjebok 2nd ed. 1905, in Swedish, posted by Project Runeberg
Religious from Catholic Encyclopedia (1909; on Borneo)
Economic
Geographical
Parliamentary Debates Hansard (British Parliament)
Hansard Parlimen Malaysia 1959-
Travelogues F. and J. Hatton, North Borneo: Explorations and Adventures on the Equator , 1886, IA
W.H. Treacher, British Borneo : Sketches of Brunai, Sarawak, Labuan, and North Borneo, 1891
Institutions Archives Sabah State Archives
Musea Sabah Museum
Libraries Sabah State Library
National Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Flag, from FOTW, of Sabah from FOTW; Coat of Arms of Sabah, from International Civic Arms
Coins, Banknotes Banknotes of British North Borneo, Banknotes of Malaya and British Borneo from World Paper Money
Images of British North Borneo coins, from Dan's Virtual Coin Collection, scroll down
Stamps Philatelic History of North Borneo and Sabah, from The Sarawak Specialists' Society
Rare North Borneo Stamps, from Sandafayre Stamp Gallery; North Borneo stamps issues 1883-1911, from Stamps Catalogue 1840-1920 by Evert Klaseboer

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PRINT SOURCES
Bibliographies . Online Libraries . Thesis Servers . Online Journals . General Accounts . Specific Topics . Historical Dictionaries . Statistical Data . Yearbooks
Bibliographies general Datenbasis Internationale Beziehungen und Länderkunde (Data Base on International Relations and Country Studies) (site in German, most titles listed in English; numerous entries; publications mostly since 1970)
RHS Bibliography
UK National Archive Online Library
ISBN Database
DBNG .
on Malaysia Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (MBRAS)
on Borneo Index of Borneo Research Bulletin, -2006
Borneo Bibliography 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, from Borneo Research Bulletin
Books & Articles on Borneo, from Krul Antiquarian Books, commercial site
Butterfields¡¯ June Sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts Features Harold & Agnes Keith Collection of Borneo and Southeast Asian Literature, from e-borneo
The Sabah Society : Library
Indigenous Groups on Sabah, an Annotated Bibliography, pt.1 : authors, pt.2 : ethnic groups
Online Bookstore on Sabah Sabah State Archives : Bookstore
Online Libraries general Internet Archives
Gutenberg Library Online
e-corpus
International Boundary Studies, search for Malaysia
on Sabah Digital Library Malaysia
K-Borneo, site requires registration
Thesis Server Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Registry of Open Access Repositories, Indonesia
Malaysian Theses Online
South East Asian Studies, Student Theses, from Ohio University
ISEAS Working Papers, Back Issues 2000-2003
Online Journals Directory of Open Access Journals
General Accounts Articles : Sabah pp.465-467, in : James Minahan, Nations without States, A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements, Westport CT : Greenwood 1996 [G]
Statistical Data IHS : B.R. Mitchell, International Historical Statistics. Africa, Asia & Oceania 1750-2000, London : Palgrave 2003 [G]
Yearbook Entries Britannica Book of the Year British North Borneo 1913 p.627-628, 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 [G]
Statesman's Year-Book British North Borneo, 1895 pp.101-103, 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 [G]
(New) Int'l Yearbook Borneo, 1898 p.112, 1899, pp.123-124, British North Borneo, 1919 p.118, 1920 p.104, 1921 p.104, 1923 p.108, 1925 p.109, 1928 p.116, 1930 p.116, 1932 p.116, 1933 p.111, 1934 p.101, 1935 p.103, 1938 p.107, 1939 p.95, 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 - British North Borneo, 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.78, 1943 pp.104-105, 1944 pp.97-98, Borneo - British North Borneo, 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
Other Article : British North Borneo, in : Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Year Book 1932 p.96, 1933 p.127, 1934 p.110, 1935 p.102, 1936 p.89, 1937 p.87, 1938 pp.89-90, 1946 p.83, 1952 p.78, 1961 p.51 [G]