The Power of Prophecy
Free

The Power of Prophecy

By P. B. R. Carey
Free
Book Description

National hero, Javanese mystic, pious Muslim and leader of the ‘holy war’ against the Dutch between 1825 and 1830, the Yogyakarta prince, Dipanagara (1785-1855, otherwise known as Diponegoro), is pre-eminent in the pantheon of modern Indonesian historical figures. Yet despite instant name recognition in Indonesia, there has never been a full biography of the prince’s life and times based on Dutch and Javanese sources. ‘The power of prophecy’ is a major study which sets Dipanagara’s life history against the context of the turbulent events of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century when the full force of European imperialism hit Indonesia like an Asian tsunami destroying forever Java’s ‘old order’ and propelling the twin forces of Islam and Javanese national identity into a fatal confrontation with the Dutch. This confrontation known as the Java War, in which Dipanagara was defeated and exiled, marked the beginning of the modern colonial period in Indonesia which lasted until the Japanese occupation of 1942-1945. The book presents a detailed analysis of Dipanagara’s pre-war visions and aspirations as a Javanese Ratu Adil (‘Just King’) based on extensive reading of his autobiography, the Babad Dipanagara as well as a number of other Javanese sources. Dutch and British records, in particularly the Residency Archives of Yogyakarta and Surakarta currently kept in the Indonesian National Archives, provide the backbone of this scholarly work. The book will be read with profit by all those interested in the rise of Western colonial rule in Indonesia, the fate of indigenous cultures in an age of imperialism and the role of Javanese Islam in modern Indonesian history. Peter Carey, Laithwaite tutor in History at Trinity College, Oxford, has made a lifetime study of Dipanagara and the history of early nineteenth century Java. His many works include the two-volume Archive of Yogyakarta (1980, 2000), The British in Java, 1811-1816; A Javanese account (1992) and Babad Dipanagara; An account of the outbreak of the Java War (1825-1830) (1981). He is one of Britain’s foremost historians of Southeast Asia and has also published on Cambodia, Burma and East Timor.

Table of Contents
  • The power of prophecy-cover 2 DEF 20071008
  • Carey.pdf
    You May Also Like
    Voices from the Past
    Free
    Voices from the Past
    By Paul Alexander Bartlett
    Six Great Jamaicans
    $9.99
    Six Great Jamaicans
    By W. Adolphe Roberts
    Memoirs of a Jamaica Media - Man
    $9.99
    Memoirs of a Jamaica Media - Man
    By Carey Robinson
    Biographia literaria
    Free
    Biographia literaria
    By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Making Waves
    $9.99
    Making Waves
    By Unknown
    City of Darkness, City of Light
    Free
    City of Darkness, City of Light
    By Alastair Phillips
    The Jamaican Woman: A Celebration
    $19.99
    The Jamaican Woman: A Celebration
    By Joanne M. Simpson
    Also Available On
    Categories
    Curated Lists