Diplomatic Letters Project succesfully completed

A team of ANRI archivist including Haris Budiawan and Yovi in cooperation with two young researchers from Leiden University, Maarten Manse and Simon Kemper, completed a detailed entry of 4,423 records which gives access to all diplomatic letters in the Daily Journals of Batavia Castle. For the first time, a digital list of Indonesian rulers has been created, including the names as they appear in the sources, and their modern names.

In the Netherlands, IT specialist Marco Roling cooperated with several software specialist to select software for geographical mapping and social visualization. This is the first time that data on Indonesian history is presented with the help of innovative software applications.

Several prominent historians, including Prof. M.C. Ricklefs, Prof. Leonard Y. Andaya, Dr. Dhiravat na Pombejra, Dr. Bhawan Ruangsilp and Dr. Ruurdje Laarhoven, contributed to the publication of a selection of eight of such diplomatic letters in the Harta Karun section of this website. These introductions and translations may be helpful for students and lecturers in early modern Asian history. The coming months, several presentations will be organized at Indonesian universities.

The completion of this first Diplomatic Letters Project was made possible with the generous academic support of Professor Jos J.L. Gommans from Leiden University and grants from Dutch Culture and the Royal Dutch Embassy in Jakarta.

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