Dianne Lewis

Listed in: Asian Studies · Southeast Asian Studies · Business and Economics · History · International History · Asian History · European History




In 1500 Malay Malacca was the queen city of the Malay Archipelago, one of the great trade centers of the world. Its rulers, said to be descendents of the ancient line of Srivijaya, dominated the lands east and west of the straits. The Portuguese, unable to compete in the marketplace, captured the town.

“Lewis’s work is well-organized and easy to read. It is strong in all matters related to Dutch politics and Johore. It may serve as a fine introduction to a very complex theme and, at the same time, it will also be useful to the specialist who wishes to know more about the politically fragmented world of the Malay peninsula in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries…[The book] is beautifully written and carefully printed and…may be recommended to everyone interested in Mayasia's early modern period.”

Roderich Ptak, Royal Asiatic Society