Series 421 - Papers

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AU ANUA 421

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(1939 -)

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Professor Anthony Reid is a New Zealand-born historian of Southeast Asia. He received a PhD from Cambridge University in, which examined the power struggles in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, in the late 19th century and he extended this study into a book 'The Blood of the People on the national and social revolutions in that region 1945 - 49'. He is best known for his two volume book 'The Age of Commerce', developed during his time at the Australian National University in Canberra. His later work includes a return to Sumatra where he strongly advocated a historical basis for the separate identity of Aceh.
Professor Reid was Professor of Southeast Asia history at University of Malaya (1965–1970) and Australian National University (1970–1999). He became the founding director of the Southeast Asia Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999–2002, and then the founding director of Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), 2002-2007. He was Professor of Southeast Asian History and Research Leader at NUS from 2007-2009. Currently, Professor Reid is Professor (Emeritus) at the Australian National University.Anthony Reid is an emeritus Professor of the College of Asia & the Pacific, and a Visiting Fellow in its Department of Political & Social Change. He was a member of ANU's former Department of Pacific & Asian History for many years until 1999, before moving offshore as founding Director successively of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, and of the Asia Research Institute of NUS in Singapore. His research interests include the history of Southeast Asia, with particular interests in Indonesia and Malaysia, early modern history, nationalism, minorities, social, economic and religious history, and Sumatra. He is currently writing a contracted new history of Southeast Asia, while also exploring the interface between history and geology in Indonesia's natural disaster record.

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