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Racial Difference and the Colonial Wars of 19th Century Southeast Asia
Racial Difference and the Colonial Wars of 19th Century Southeast Asia
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Asian Studies

Farish Ahmad-Noor, Peter-Brian Ramsay Carey (eds)

Racial Difference and the Colonial Wars of 19th Century Southeast Asia

The colonisation of Southeast Asia was a long and often violent process where numerous military campaigns were waged by the colonial powers across the region. The notion of racial difference was crucial in many of these wars, as native Southeast Asian societies were often framed in negative terms as 'savage' and 'backward' communities that needed to be subdued and 'civilised'. This collection of critical essays focuses on the colonial construction of race and looks at how the colonial wars in 19th century Southeast Asia were rationalised via recourse to theories of racial difference, making race a factor in the wars of Empire. Looking at the colonial wars in Java, Borneo, Indochina, Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia, the essays examine the manner in which the idea of racial difference was weaponised by the colonising powers and how forms of local resistance often worked through such colonial structures of identity politics.
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Farish Ahmad-Noor

Dr. Farish A. Noor is Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the School of History, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University NTU Singapore.

Peter-Brian Ramsay Carey

Dr. Peter Carey is Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College, Oxford, and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Indonesia UI. His latest books are Women of Power in 18th and 19th Century Java (Jakarta: KPG, 2016), and Urip iku Urub ('Life is Fire')- Essays Presented to Peter Carey (Jakarta: Penerbit Buku Kompas, 2018) for which he wrote an 80-page Indonesian biography. His other publications include The Power of Prophecy; Prince Dipanagara and the End of an Old Order in Java, 1785-1856 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2007), The British in Java, 1811-1816: A Javanese Account. (London: Oxford University Press, 1992) and Babad Dipanagara: An Account of the Outbreak of the Java War (1825-30): The Surakarta Court Version of the Babad Dipanagara. (Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1981).