Author Archives: roelandvanwely

Power and impotence in Southeast Asia

Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia. By Michael Vatikiotis. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The term Southeast Asia may sound old, but it is only a recent invention. Until the 20th century, the region was either called East … Continue reading

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Ernst Haeckel visits “Lands Plantentuin” in Buitenzorg

Malayische Reisebriefe von Ernst Haeckel (1901): Aus Insulinde. By Ernst Haeckel. Verlag Emil Strauß. On October 15, 1900, the famous German biologist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) arrives at Batavia, present Djakarta. Within 15 minutes he is robbed of his passport and … Continue reading

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