- M.van Geuns - Door Badoeng en Tabanan. Een en ander over Bali en zijne bewoners. (Reprinted from the Soerabajasch Handelsblad of 24, 27 and 29 November and 1, 4, 6, 11, 14 and 17 December 1906) - Soerabaja, Ter drukkerij van het "Soerabajasch Handelsblad”, 1906. 92 pp. - Stapled, original printed cover
(19.5 × 12 cm)
* In September 1906, under the leadership of Major General Rost van Tonningen, the 7th military intervention in Bali took place, this time against the rulers of Badung and Tabanan. The expedition is best known and notorious for its miserable outcome, in which, to the amazement of the invading forces, hundreds of Balinese would rather cut themselves to death than surrender themselves, the so-called ‘Puputan’. The history has been described in detail by Van Weede (1908) and Van Kol (1914), but much less is known that a few months after the operation, in November 1906, the editor-in-chief of the Soerabajasch Handelsblad already wrote an extensive reportage in this newly subdued region. This reportage is found in this booklet. In his travel report, Van Geuns writes about the devastation he sees, his encounters with Balinese people - who generally seem to conform to Dutch authority, or even seem relieved no longer to be subject to the arbitrariness of their rulers -, the new Dutch administrators and the soldiers still present (including Rost van Tonningen). The tenor of the story is that it is now 'business as usual' again. The question remains to what extent that was actually the case; this is, after all, a Dutch story. What cannot be doubted is his account, is the fact that the expedition brought an end to local slavery and the practice of widow burning that has existed for centuries, of which he gives a number of clear examples.
Extremely rare. As far as I can tell, there is only one copy in a Dutch library.
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- Colonial history
- Author/ Illustrator
- (Indonesië; Bali na de Poepoetan van 1906) M. van Geuns
- Book Title
- Door Badoeng en Tabanan. Een en ander over Bali en zijne bewoners
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
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