About Anthony Reid

Anthony Reid is an emeritus professor in the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

Obituaries

Improbable recruit became pioneer and leader in his field

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Emeritus Professor Nicholas Tarling 1931–2017 Anthony Reid remembers Nicholas Tarling, a man of many parts—but above all, the most prolific Southeast Asian historian of this or any age Nicholas Tarling died in the water on 13 May aged 86, continuing to do his regular beach laps in the chilly Hauraki Gulf in front of his […]

Indonesia

Italy’s ‘white raja’: the fabulous life of Celso Cesare Moreno

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Anticolonial campaigner or operatic poseur? Anthony Reid examines the role of a 19th century Italian adventurer in Aceh’s anticolonial struggle. In 1868 Celso Cesar Moreno (1831–1901) came to international attention by offering the United States the occupation of Pulau Weh (known to divers today as Sabang), off Banda Aceh, in return for protecting Aceh against […]

Indonesia

Lessons of Tambora ignored—200 years on from the world’s greatest modern eruption

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Amidst commemorations of the Gallipoli landing, writes ANTHONY REID,the anniversary of another, perhaps more significant disaster for humanity, slipped by largely unnoticed. Australia is spending many millions commemorating in April 2015 the centenary of one disaster. The Gallipoli landing symbolises for Australians one of the greatest man-made catastrophes. We have almost completely ignored the bicentenary […]