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Now Posting on Medium (Medieval Indonesia)

A. J. West , August 15th, 2017


It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, but I wanted to let any readers/subscribers know that I’m now writing on Medium under the name Medieval Indonesia (twitter…


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Some Old Javanese/Old Sundanese Resources

A. J. West , March 8th, 2017


Halo semua! It’s been a while. Things have been a bit hectic.     I got married in Gibraltar last August and moved to the Netherlands with my wife,…


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Some Old Javanese/Old Sundanese Resources

A. J. West , March 8th, 2017


Halo semua! It’s been a while. Things have been a bit hectic.     I got married in Gibraltar last August and moved to the Netherlands with my wife,…


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Tim Hannigan’s ‘A Brief History of Indonesia’

A. J. West , February 18th, 2016


I’m in two minds about Tim Hannigan’s A Brief History of Indonesia (2015). Part of my brain is cruelly happy that Hannigan’s book is so deficient in covering…


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Tim Hannigan’s ‘A Brief History of Indonesia’

A. J. West , February 18th, 2016


I’m in two minds about Tim Hannigan’s A Brief History of Indonesia (2015). Part of my brain is cruelly happy that Hannigan’s book is so deficient in covering…


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Tim Hannigan’s ‘A Brief History of Indonesia’

A. J. West , February 18th, 2016


I’m in two minds about Tim Hannigan’s A Brief History of Indonesia (2015). Part of my brain is cruelly happy that Hannigan’s book is so deficient in covering…


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The Arrival of the Portuguese – Malay Annals

A. J. West , December 8th, 2015


       You may remember that I’ve been working on my Jawi script – the Perso-Arabic-based writing system used by Malay speakers to write their language from the fourteenth…


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The Arrival of the Portuguese – Malay Annals

A. J. West , December 8th, 2015


       You may remember that I've been working on my Jawi script – the Perso-Arabic-based writing system used by Malay speakers to write their language from the fourteenth…


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The Arrival of the Portuguese – Malay Annals

A. J. West , December 8th, 2015


       You may remember that I’ve been working on my Jawi script – the Perso-Arabic-based writing system used by Malay speakers to write their language from the fourteenth…


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Pigafetta on the Cannons of ‘Burne’

A. J. West , December 6th, 2015


        Antonio Pigafetta visited Borneo in July 1521 during the first circumnavigation of the world, immediately after Magellan’s fatal encounter with the Filipino chieftain Lapu-Lapu at Mactan in…


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Pigafetta on the Cannons of ‘Burne’

A. J. West , December 5th, 2015


        Antonio Pigafetta visited Borneo in July 1521 during the first circumnavigation of the world, immediately after Magellan's fatal encounter with the Filipino chieftain Lapu-Lapu at Mactan i…


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Pigafetta on the Cannons of ‘Burne’

A. J. West , December 5th, 2015


        Antonio Pigafetta visited Borneo in July 1521 during the first circumnavigation of the world, immediately after Magellan’s fatal encounter with the Filipino chieftain Lapu-Lapu at Mactan in…


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Marco Polo’s Unicorn

A. J. West , November 27th, 2015


      We’ve looked at a few of the marvels recorded in Polo’s Devisement and Odoric’s Relatio over the past couple of weeks. It’s important to bear in mind…


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Marco Polo’s Unicorn

A. J. West , November 27th, 2015


      We've looked at a few of the marvels recorded in Polo's Devisement and Odoric's Relatio over the past couple of weeks. It's important to bear in mind…


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Marco Polo’s Unicorn

A. J. West , November 27th, 2015


      We’ve looked at a few of the marvels recorded in Polo’s Devisement and Odoric’s Relatio over the past couple of weeks. It’s important to bear in mind…


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Peter Frankopan’s ‘The Silk Roads’ – a talk at Blackwell’s

A. J. West , November 12th, 2015


       Yesterday afternoon I went to Blackwell’s bookshop in Oxford to see the Byzantinist Peter Frankopan talk about his new book, The Silk Roads, which seems to be…


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Peter Frankopan’s ‘The Silk Roads’ – a talk at Blackwell’s

A. J. West , November 12th, 2015


       Yesterday afternoon I went to Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford to see the Byzantinist Peter Frankopan talk about his new book, The Silk Roads, which seems to be…


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Peter Frankopan’s ‘The Silk Roads’ – a talk at Blackwell’s

A. J. West , November 12th, 2015


       Yesterday afternoon I went to Blackwell’s bookshop in Oxford to see the Byzantinist Peter Frankopan talk about his new book, The Silk Roads, which seems to be…


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Java and Mongols in the Medieval European Sources

A. J. West , November 11th, 2015


       In 1292, towards the end of his reign, Khubilai Khan sent a fleet of ships from Quanzhou in southern China to invade East Java, then governed…


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Java and Mongols in the Medieval European Sources

A. J. West , November 11th, 2015


       In 1292, towards the end of his reign, Khubilai Khan sent a fleet of ships from Quanzhou in southern China to invade East Java, then governed…


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Java and Mongols in the Medieval European Sources

A. J. West , November 11th, 2015


       In 1292, towards the end of his reign, Khubilai Khan sent a fleet of ships from Quanzhou in southern China to invade East Java, then governed…


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Odoric on Sago

A. J. West , November 10th, 2015


      Last week I wrote a post about sago (Metroxylon sagu), one of the most important tree crops in Indonesia, especially in Borneo, parts of Sumatra, and the…


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Odoric on Sago

A. J. West , November 10th, 2015


      Last week I wrote a post about sago (Metroxylon sagu), one of the most important tree crops in Indonesia, especially in Borneo, parts of Sumatra, and the…


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Jawi Script

A. J. West , February 7th, 2015


I'm learning classical Malay (that is to say, the language used in Melaka and the Malay world at the time of the Portuguese conquest) and I'm starting with…


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