A History of Java (Cambridge Library Collection – East and South-East Asian History) (Volume 2)

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Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826) used to be a British statesman appointed Lieutenant Governor of Java between 1811 and 1815. These volumes, first published in 1817, contain his monumental history of the island, through which he provides a comprehensive ethnographic description with a detailed history. Volume 2 incorporates Raffles’s historical observe.

About the author – Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826) used to be a British civil servant and statesman easiest known for his founding of the town (now Republic) of Singapore. After the capture of Java by the British in 1811, Raffles used to be appointed Lieutenant Governor of the island, a position he held until 1815. After a two-year interlude in England, he sailed back to the East, and established the town of Singapore in 1819. These volumes, written all through his governorship and first published in 1817, contain his monumental survey and history of the island state. Raffles provides a comprehensive ethnographic description of the island’s society, describing its economy, trade, languages and dialects, and non secular and social customs, along side a detailed history of the island, including a discussion of the introduction of Islam. These volumes provide invaluable information of the observe of up to date Javanese society and history. Volume 2 incorporates Raffles’s historical observe.

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