William Marsden and his Malayo-Polynesian legacy
William Marsden (1754-1836) exercised a strong influence on the study of island Southeast Asia. After early experience in Sumatra, he returned to England in December 1779. His journal publications quickly established him among the intellectual elite. In 1783 some months before the publication of the History of Sumatra Marsden was elected to the Royal Society. Between 1795 and 1807 he was a high-ranking civil servant at the Admiralty. His scholarly life was thus neatly divided into an...[Show more]
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