A kingdom of words : Minangkabau sovereignty in Sumatran history
The thesis is concerned with the nature of royal authority in the Sumatran inland kingdom of Minangkabau in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It takes as its point of departure the problem posed by early European perceptions of that authority. European contacts were with the coasts of Sumatra. The Minangkabau heartland, behind its mountain barrier, appeared remote and inaccessible. The Dutch, following on the heels of the Portuguese in the seventeenth century, were contemptuous...[Show more]
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