System of Government in the Straits Settlements, 1942

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The following text is taken from Dr Lennox A. Mills’ book, British Rule in Eastern Asia. A Study of Contemporary Government and Economic Development in British Malaya and Hong Kong (London: Oxford University Press). Mills was an Oxford graduate who was associate professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. The 600-page competently written volume is of special interest because it was published just before the Japanese entered the global war on December 7, 1941. It came on the market only in early 1942, the same year the Straits Settlements ended for good when the British surrendered Singapore to the invading Japanese army on February 15. It was founded in 1826, consisting of Singapore, Malacca and Penang.


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