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Tales From The South China Seas: Images of the British in South East Asia in the Twentieth Century

Charles Allen

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East Asia, Far East, Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

This third and final part of the Tales of Empire trilogy chronicles the lives, manners and fortunes of some 70 subjects of the former British Empire in the Far East - men and women who lived in Malaysia, Singapore, Sarawak, Borneo and Hong Kong in the last half-century of the Empire.

This work chronicles the adventures of the last generation of British men and women who went East to seek their fortunes. Drawn into the colonial territories scattered around the South China Sea, they found themselves in an exotic, intoxicating world. It was a land of rickshaws and shanghai jars, sampans and Straits Steamers, set against a background of palm-fringed beaches and tropical rain-forests. But it was also a world of conflicting beliefs and many races, where the overlapping of widely differing moral standards and viewpoints created a heady and dangerous atmosphere.

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Charles Allen

Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about Indian and the colonial experience elsewhere. A traveller, historian and master storyteller he is one of the great chroniclers of India.

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