About the Author: Ruurdje Laarhoven, who has an M.A. in Anthropology from the Ateneo de Manila University, is currently looking into the fascinating 17th century trade in textiles in Southeast Asia, on a research grant from the Australian National University. Doubtless, this will take her back to The Hague, there to dig once more into the voluminous records of the Dutch East India Company in its archives, the primary source of the scholarship she put into the writing of Triumph of Moro Diplomacy. Her work with ANU--which necessitates a crash course in Bahasa Indonesia and visits to Jakarta (among other places in batik country), may have derived its inspiration from this book, where she touches substantially on trade in the area during the same period, albeit in a more general way. To Filipinos, particularly Muslim Filipinos, however, TRIUMPH assumes special significance in an area that is much closer to contemporary concerns: the political, or, more precisely, big-power versus small-power politics, as dramatized in the pragmatic, yet astute fending off by the Maguindanao sultanate of incursions into its sovereignty and territorial integrity by the Dutch and other "trader"- colonizers during the 17th century.
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Book Description Cellar Book Shop, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG9711003902