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Anthony Reid (academic)

Anthony Reid is a New Zealand-born historian of Southeast Asia. His doctoral work at Cambridge University examined the contest for power in northern Sumatra, Indonesia in the late 19th century, and he extended this study into a book The Blood of the People on the national and social revolutions in that region 1945-49. He is most famous for his two volume book "The Age of Commerce", developed during his time at the Australian National University in Canberra. His later work includes a return to Sumatra where he strongly advocated a historical basis for the separate identity of Aceh.

Professor Reid was Professor of Southeast Asia history at University of Malaya (1965–1970) and Australian National University (1970–1999). He became the founding director of the Southeast Asia Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999–2002, and then the founding director of Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), 2002-2007. He was Professor of Southeast Asian History and Research Leader at NUS from 2007-2009. Currently, Professor Reid is Professor (Emeritus) at the Australian National University.


In 2002 Professor Reid won the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in the category of academics. He was elected as a Corresponding Fellow at the prestigious British Academy on 17 July 2008.

List of Major Publications

  • The Contest for North Sumatra: Atjeh, the Netherlands and Britain, 1858 1898. Kuala Lumpur, OUP/UMP, 1969. 333 pp.

Reissued by University of Malaya Press, 1974. Indonesian translation as Asal Mula Konflik Aceh: Dari PerebutanPantai Timur Sumatera hingga Akhir Kerajaan Aceh Abad ke-19, trans. Masri Maris, Jakarta, Yayasan Obor, 2004

  • The Indonesian National Revolution, 1945 1950. Hawthorn, Vic. Longmans Australia, 1974. 193 pp.

Reprinted by Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 1986. Indonesian translation as Revolusi Nasional Indonesia. Jakarta, Sinar Harapan, 1996, 336pp.

  • The Blood of the People: Revolution and the End of Traditional Rule in Northern Sumatra. Kuala Lumpur, OUP, 1979. 288 pp.

Indonesian translation as Perjuangan Rakyat: Revolusi dan Hancurnya Kerajaan di Sumatra. Jakarta, Sinar Harapan, 1986.

  • Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680. Vol.I: The Lands below the Winds. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1988. 275pp. [7th printing by 1999]
- Indonesian translation as Asia Tenggara dalam Kurun Niaga, trans. Mochtar Pabotinggi (Jakarta, Yayasan Obor, 1992).
- Southeast Asia edition Trasvin Publications [Silkworm Books], Chiang Mai, 1995, reprinted 1999.
- Japanese translation as Daikokai Jidai no Tonan Ajia I (Tokyo, Hosei University Press,, 1997).
- Thai translation Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, for 5 Area Studies Project, 2 vols. 2004
- Korean translation forthcoming from Simsan Munhwa Publishing Co.
- Chinese translation in progress
  • Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450 1680. Vol.II: Expansion and Crisis. New Haven, Yale University Press (1993). 390pp.
- Southeast Asia edition Chiang Mai, Trasvin Publications [Silkworm Books], 1995, reprinted 1999.
- Indonesian translation as Dari Ekspansi hingga Krisis: Jaringan Perdagangan Global Asia Tenggara, 1450-1680, trans. R.Z. Leirissa (Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia, 1999), 519pp.
- Japanese translation as Daikokai Jidai no Tonan Ajia II (Tokyo, Hosei University Press,, 2001).
- Thai translation forthcoming from Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, for 5 Area Studies Project.
- Korean translation forthcoming from Simsan Munhwa Publishing Co.
  • Charting the Shape of Early Modern Southeast Asia. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 1999, 298pp.

Indonesian translation as Sejarah Modern Awal Asia Tenggara (Jakarta, LP3ES, 2004).

  • An Indonesian Frontier: Acehnese and other histories of Sumatra. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2004; 439pp.- reprinted 2005.


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