The Jakarta Post
The book was released at a seminar attended by historians and professors Peter Carey and David Reeve and Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta lecturer Uji Nugroho. (Shutterstock/File)
Late Indonesian historian Ong Hok Ham’s book Madiun Dalam Kemelut Sejarah-Priayi dan Petani di Keresidenan Madiun Abad XIX (Madiun in the Chaos of History – Priayi [cultured elites] and Farmers in the Madiun Residency in the 19th Century) was released on Nov. 21 at the Sun Hotel in Madiun City, East Java.
The book was launched at a seminar attended by British historian Peter Carey, Australian historian David Reeve and Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta lecturer Uji Nugroho.
Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta lecturer Uji Nugroho (right), sitting alongside British historian Peter Carey (left), moderator Iskandar P. Nugroho (second left) and Australian historian David Reeve, speaks at the launch of late historian Ong Hok Ham’s book. (JP/Nedi Putra AW)
Madiun in the Chaos of History explores the role of Dutch colonial rulers during social and religious movements of the Mataram kingdom in the late 16th century and goes in depth about Madiun Regent Raden Ronggo Prawirodirjo III, who was known as the "Last Bull of the Yogya Sultanate".
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Uji said this book, while still largely a dissertation in form, was an important part of the two books written by the UGM team about Madiun. He also said he considered the book to be interesting complementary material for history lessons at school.
“The teachers will be able to make it reading material for the local history of Madiun," he said.
Carey, who authored books about Prince Diponegoro and the Java War, believes that Ong Hok Ham’s book fills in the scarcity of Madiun’s historical references. "It’s a milestone," he said.
Madiun Youth and Sports Culture Agency head Agus Purwowidagdo said the book was in accordance with the city’s branding as "The Charismatic City of Madiun".
"We bought 1,000 copies of this book to be freely distributed to the people of Madiun," he said. (iru/kes)