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IIAS Newsletter 36 Spring 2005



Maritime piracy has become a focal point of media attention. Together with governments and military experts, the media tends to link maritime piracy with international terrorism as an ongoing threat in the post-Cold War era. In particular the Strait of Malacca, the strategic sea-lane linking the oil fields of the Middle East and the production economies of East Asia and beyond, is portrayed as a future battlefield.


Contents #36

1, 4-5 A pre-colonial language in a post-colonial world Sheldon Pollock, interview by Gijs Kruitzer
2 Asia, what Asia? Director's note
3 Some thoughts on how knowledge on Southeast Asia came to be Shamsul A.B.
3 Cultural diversity and exchange within globalization? Raul Pertierra
5 Poems from Amsterdam J. Neil C. Garcia


Maritime piracy

6 Introduction: piracy in the Asian seas John Kleinen & Manon Osseweijer
7 Piracy in early modern China Robert Antony
8 Sailing in dangerous waters: piracy and raiding in historical context Esther Veltoen
9 From ‘piracy' to inter-regional trade: the Sunda Straits zone, c. 1750-1800 Ota Atsushi
10 Piracy in the Malacca Straits: notes from the field Eric Frécon
11 Local pirate gangs, strategic waterways Adam Young
12 Piracy: a critical perspective Stefan Eklöf



13 Opium: building block of empire Anne L. Foster
14 Can personal names be translated? Charles Macdonald
15 Sisterhood in saffron: women of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti Namrata Ravichandra Ganneri
16 Social stratification in contemporary China Ravni Thakur
17 International supply chains and labour standards in China Gemma Crijns and Frans Paul van der Putten
18 Dutch enterprise in independent Indonesia: cooperation and confrontation, 1949- 1958 Jasper van de Kerkhof
19 Decolonization and urban labour history in Indonesia, 1930-1965 Ratna Saptari and Erwiza Erman
20 Vedic studies: texts, language and ritual J.E.M. Houben
21 Dravidian studies in the Netherlands part 2 (1860s-1970s): classical India
Luba Zubkova
22 Shamanism in contemporary Siberian music Larissa Burnakova and
Liesbet Nyssen



23 Srib Leb Rgad Po translated by Simon Wickham-Smith
24 Recovering from crisis: more than just survival? Elizabeth Morrell
25 Thailand’s rice bowl: perspectives on agricultural and social change in the Chao Phraya Delta Graeme MacRae
26 The guns of February: ordinary Japanese soldiers’ views of the Malayan campaign and the fall of Singapore, 1941-42 Chandar S. Sundaram
27 Strange parallels: Southeast Asia in global context, c. 800-1830 Volker Grabowsky
28 Books received


IIAS /ASEF / Alliance

29 IIAS fellows
30 Asian and European perspectives on old age vulnerability Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill and Ruly Marianti
31 China's need for soft power Zhai Kun
32 IIAS research programmes
33-35 Projects / events / call for papers
36-37 International conference agenda
38-39 Arts agenda
40 Colophon