Book launch ‘Environment, Trade and Society in Southeast Asia; A Longue Duree Perspective‘. Edited by David Henley (Professor Contemporary Indonesia Studies, Leiden University) and Henk Schulte Nordholt (Professor Indonesian History, Leiden University/KITLV). This book is inspired by, and dedicated to Peter Boomgaard who retired in 2011 and whose work has embodied the Braudelian spirit in Southeast Asian historiography.
Eleven historians bring their knowledge and insights to bear on the long Braudelian sweep of Southeast Asian history. In doing so they seek both to debunk simplistic assumptions about fragile traditions and transformational modernities, and to identify repeating patterns in Southeast Asia’s past: clientelistic political structures, periodic tectonic and climatic disasters, ethnic occupational specializations, long cycles of economic globalization and deglobalization. Their contributions range across many centuries, from the Austronesian expansion to the Aceh tsunami, and from the Sanskrit cosmopolis to the Asian financial crisis.
This title is available online in its entirety in Open Access:
Welcome by Henk Schulte Nordholt (KITLV/Leiden University).
Introduction of the book by David Henley (Leiden University).
A review by Marjolein ‘t Hart (Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis).
Peter Boomgaard (KITLV) on “The Anthropocene as a Historical Category”.
Drinks (at KITLV, room 138).
If you wish to attend please register with Yayah Siegers: ln.vl1513396557tik@v1513396557ltik1513396557