The Voyage of Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes wrote long letters to his family in Holland illustrated by numerous sketches. These letters afford us an insight into the colonial world of Indonesia and Eastern Asia at its apogee in the 1920′s . The letters provide an added dimension by the...

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Plantations and Medan

Medan In the nineteen thirties the Hungarian, Laszlo Szekely (1892-1946) returned from Medan to Budapest and wrote the novel Tropic Fever. This highly autobiographical story takes place on the east coast of Sumatra between 1908 and 1918, which was the pioneering...

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Elephants in Aceh

Iskandar Muda In the early days it was the privilege of kings to ride an elephant. Like king Iskandar Muda (1607-1636) of Aceh about whom Augustin de Beaulieu wrote in 1621: The king of Aceh is stronger than his neighbours on the seas. The king gives a name to each...

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