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The Closing of the Frontier

A History of the Marine Fisheries of Southeast Asia, c. 1850-2000

John G. Butcher

This book is the first on the history of the marine fisheries of Southeast Asia. It takes as its central theme the movement of fisheries into new fishing grounds, particularly the diverse ecosystems that make up the seas of Southeast Asia. This process accelerated between the 1950s and 1970s in what the author calls ‘the great fish race’. Catches soared as the population of the region grew, demand from Japan and North America for shrimps and tuna increased, and fishers adopted more efficient ways of locating, catching, and preserving fish. But the great fish race soon brought about the severe depletion of one fish population after another, while pollution and the destruction of mangroves and coral reefs degraded fish habitats. Today the relentless movement into new fishing grounds has come to an end, for there are no new fishing grounds to exploit.
The frontier of fisheries has closed. The challenge now is to exploit the seas in ways that preserve the diversity of marine life while providing the people of the region with a source of food long into the future.

Jakarta Batavia

Socio-Cultural Essays


Edited by Peter J.M. Nas

This book combines the work of twenty-one authors from East and West, some of whom are long-time residents of Jakarta and all of whom have lived and studied there for shorter or longer periods. They have in common that each of them has become fascinated by certain characteristics of Jakarta’s many-sided life. The subjects they deal with range from conditions in VOC Batavia to particular national or ethnic communities to administrative developments. The essays on early colonial Batavia yield new insights into the demographic situation bases on archival research, and those essays dealing with more modern topics make use of special sources, including maps, that are not easily accessible through libraries. Reading through this volume one encounters striking parallels between the past and the present, because many aspects of present-day Jakarta are deeply rooted in the history of the city: demography and urban morphology, environmental absurdities, traffic, and floods as well as ritual and symbolism. Historians, anthropologists, sociologists, administrators, and town planners may well draw inspiration from this kaleidoscopic picture of Indonesia’s capital.

Paper Landscapes

Explorations in the Environmental History of Indonesia


Edited by P. Boomgaard, David E.F. Henley and Freek Colombijn

Too much of what has so far passed for the 'historical background' to Indonesia's environmental problems has consisted of little more than thinly disguised backward projections of modern trends. The writers in this volume report on their own pioneer journeys into the paper landscapes of the colonial literature and archives in search of the real environmental history of Indonesia.

Edited by J.W. Schoorl

This book contains the lectures delivered at the presentation of the book Besturen in Nederlands-Nieuw-Guinea 1945-1962 on 29 August 1996. A kaleidoscope of subjects passes in review, ranging from the pre- and protohistory of New Guinea to the decolonization and the return of the Dutch to the island.

Edited by J.W. Schoorl

This is a collection of 25 stories by 17 former Dutch New Guinea civil servants about their life and work in this remote area between 1945 and 1962. The majority of the articles read like hair-raising adventure stories and exciting tales of sometimes bizarre events—portraying the work of real frontiersmen, in fact. At the same time they paint a picture of the daily duties of these officials.


C.Ch. van den Haspel

This study sketches the way in which Dutch colonial authority penetrated in the Vorstenlanden of Central Java. The focus is on the relations of the Dutch government with the Javanese princes in the fields of legal matters, agriculture (land use) and administration. Chapters 1,2,3,5 and 6 place the relationship government-princes within the context of the 19th century developments in these fields. The last three chapters discuss the legal and agricultural reorganizations that took place in the 20th century, and their consequences. The focus is on the decision-making process preceding the reorganization. Ch. 4 looks at the European administration in the Javanese Gouvernementslanden, in order to compare the situation there with the Vorstenlanden.

Edited by Harry A. Poeze

In maart 1927 verscheen het eerste politiek-politioneel overzicht (PPO), samengesteld door de Algemeene Recherche Dienst (ARD), ressorterende onder de Procureur-Generaal van het Hooggerechtshof van Nederlandsch-Indië. De overzichten verschaften hoge Nederlandse bestuursambtenaren informatie over ontwikkelingen die niet in de algemeen toegankelijke Europese pers werden beschreven. Het eerste overzicht behandelde de periode januari-februari 1927. In ieder geval tot aan augustus-september 1939 verschenen deze overzichten.
Dit eerste deel van de bronnenpublicatie bevat de overzichten van 1927 en 1928.
De inleiding introduceert en verklaart de in de overzichten beschreven gebeurtenissen nader door de ontwikkelingen voor 1927 in het inheemse verenigingsleven en in de Nederlands-Indische maatschappij als geheel te beschrijven.