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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