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The Open Door
Early Modern Wajorese Statecraft and Diaspora
Kathryn Anderson Wellen
“The Open Door is an original contribution to the literature on Southeast Asian history. Wellen has the linguistic capacities to work in this difficult field. She uses both published and archival Dutch sources as well as the main extant published Bugis sources from and about Wajoq. I know of no significant sources that she has overlooked.”—William S. Cummings, University of South Florida
“Kathryn Wellen’s book is an important contribution to the study of early Indonesian history, and is likely to catch the interest even of people not specialized in the field. . . . It is based on a variety of sources and shows how history can be enriched by anthropological perspectives.” —HumaNetten
The Wajorese people were one of
many groups that spread across Indonesian
during the early modern era. In
the wake of the Makassar War (1666–1669), the Dutch took control of Makassar
on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and used it to consolidate their power
in the region. Because the Wajorese had sided with the war’s losers, they were
treated very harshly and many opted to emigrate. They scattered far and wide
across the Southeast Asian archipelago, settling in eastern Kalimantan, western
Sumatra, the Straits of Malacca, and the Sulawesian port city of Makassar.
Nov 2014 6x9 220 pages 9 illus.
Kathryn Anderson Wellen is a researcher at the Royal Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden, The Netherlands.
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