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The Life of Prince Diponegoro of Yogyakarta, 1785–1855

Peter Brian Ramsay Carey

This book is a completely revised version of The Power of Prophecy; Prince Dipanagara and the End of an Old Order in Java, 1785–1855 (2007). A vivid biography of Indonesia’s foremost national hero, it tells the story of a remarkable figure whose life spanned his native Java’s troubled transition to the modern world. It will be read with profit by all those interested in the impact of European imperialism on non-European societies, the cultural encounter between West and East, the role of Islam in anti-colonial resistance, and the making of modern Indonesia. An Indonesian-language edition of Destiny has been published simultaneously by Indonesia’s leading publishing house, Penerbit Buku Kompas (Gramedia), as Takdir: Riwayat Pangeran Diponegoro (1785–1855).
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Chapter V: The Old Order’s Last Champion: The Origins and Course of Raden Ronggo’s Rebellion, 1809–1810



The Old Order’s Last Champion: The Origins and Course of Raden Ronggo’s Rebellion, 1809–1810

The Despoliation of Yogya

On 3 December 1808, the former Rembang Resident, Gustaf Wilhelm Wiese, was installed by Pieter Engelhard as ‘minister’ (Resident) in Yogyakarta. Introduced to the second sultan as a man ‘of soft character and a true heart’, the Javanese chronicles concur that during his incumbency matters proceeded ‘calmly’ (tentrem) (Poensen 1905:140; Carey 2008:205). But this hardly describes the increasingly turbulent nature of Yogya-Dutch relations as the second year of Daendels’ administration dawned.

One of the first problems facing the former Rembang Resident was Daendels’ demand for money. On 22 December, he wrote the Yogya ruler asking for a cash contribution ‘as a sign of his attachment to the [Dutch] government’. Daendels would subsequently obtain some 200,000 Spanish dollars from Yogya, the bulk (196,320 Spanish dollars, around twenty million US dollars in today’s money) taken as indemnity to pay for his army and civilian officials following Raden Ronggo’s revolt (Daendels 1814: Bijlage 2, Additionele Stukken 24; Poensen 1905:135–6).

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