‘Wanderers, Robbers and Bad Folk’: the Politics of Violence, Protection and Trade in Eastern Sulawesi 1750–1850

  • Esther J. Velthoen
Part of the Studies in the Economies of East and South-East Asia book series (SEESEA)

Abstract

In debates on state-formation, the scholars tend to see the absence of powerful states as an indication that an area is peripheral, far removed from the mainstream of historical developments. The history of such a region cannot be understood except in its peripheral relation to a centre, because important developments are thought to be triggered in the centre and only belatedly spread to or echoed in the periphery. This view defines the larger part of the Indonesian archipelago as a periphery, and therefore disqualifies it as an interesting focus of historical study. In the case of eastern Indonesia, this view implicitly follows and vindicates the Dutch colonial view of the archipelago, in which small indigenous polities did not receive much attention until the beginning of the twentieth century. Yet, it is precisely these interstitial areas on the colonial map that can lead to new insights on indigenous polities.

Keywords

Maize Transportation Fishing Arena Defend 

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© Anthony Reid 1997

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