Held's History of Sumbawa

An Annotated Translation

Gerrit Jan Held

Held's History of Sumbawa

Gerrit Jan Held

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

Edited and Translated by Hans Hägerdal
212 pages | 6 halftones, 3 line drawings | 6 x 9
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9789462981614 Published June 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Sumbawa is a medium-sized island in eastern Indonesia that has a particularly interesting past. In the premodern era it lay on the trade routes that connected the north coasts of the islands of Melaka and Java with the spice-producing areas in Maluku, while Sumbawa itself exported horses, sappan wood, and rice. Its recorded history covers periods of Hindu-Javanese influence, the Southeast Asian Age of Commerce, early Islamization, and Dutch colonialism. Dutch Indologist Gerrit Jan Held wrote this book in 1955 but died before it could be published; this volume represents its first translation into English, and it includes extensive footnotes that set it in context of current research.
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