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Raffles and the British Invasion of Java by [Hannigan, Tim]
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On a hot August afternoon in 1811, an army of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore through the muddy shallows off Batavia (the former name of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital) to conquer the Dutch colony of Java. They would remain there for five turbulent years. Drawing on both British and Javanese archival sources, this entertaining and highly readable narrative history-cum-biography explores the bloody battles and furious controversies that marked British rule in Java, and reveals the future founder of Singapore, Thomas Stamford Raffles – long celebrated as a hero, a liberal and a visionary – in a shocking new light, showing how he crushed dissent, looted palaces and incited massacres to further his own insatiable ambitions. The book features the dramatic Battle of Batavia, the sinister British expedition to Palembang, the 1812 sacking and looting of Yogyakarta, and various fights between soldiers and civilians, buffaloes and tigers, and Englishmen and Javanese.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1199 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd. (1 November 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2SQU3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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He writes history like he's living it. Raffles doesn't come out smelling so well. Every Singaporean must read it. Raffles had designs on Java when Napoleon started war with the Dutch. His ideals were lofty but his execution weren't so noble. Java could have been a colony of England if Raffles had the back of the East India company. Tim is a fine writer and he shines light on dark recesses of the archipelago that are rarely written about. The politics of the Brits pitted against the Dutch, this book is an intriguing read on colonization of the Far East.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a Good Read...Not An Academic History of Java 29 May 2015
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I've read many academic "Histories" of Java, Raffles and Singapore... And visited theses places, but I never really "got the picture" until I read this book... Its a "Rip Roaring" "Page Turner" that gives the interesting nuances of historical events without resorting to "Novelization"...
The Battle of Batavia, usually just a paragraph in most histories, is actually made into an event that you live through...

In Short its a History that reads like Its a Novel by an author who clearly has something to say, and isn't just filling pages with dry lists and events...

Even if you're not into the subject matter of South Asian History...This Book is just a good read about one of the most important "Good" Colonialists of the Era...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Raffles! 9 May 2015
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A workmanlike job. Raffles has been much written about, but Hannigan successfullyportrays him as a unique and marvelous character who, despite sometimes being at cross purposes with his employer, the British East India Company rose from obscure beginnings, and little education, to the heights of early 19th century British society. He is a revered and almost mythological figure in Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Raffles 30 December 2016
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Very good explanation of the life and times of that period, and a somewhat different view of Raffles, but well documented.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book about a little known period 23 September 2013
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How interesting to learn "Dutch" Indonesia was five years British! While the Napoleonic wars raged and the War of 1812 was fought all this interesting stuff was changing the history of Indonesia!
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2.0 out of 5 stars In comprehensible 28 April 2014
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I had the Kindle version of this book and it was nearly incomprehensible at times. The history was great but the writing let the history down in a big way.

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