Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration
312pp. May 2016
Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration
Editor: Ricci, Ronit;
Winner of the 2017 International Convention of Asia Scholars' Accolades in the Humanities: Edited Volume Accolade

Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration explores the phenomenon of exile within and from colonial Asia between the seventeenth and early twentieth centuries from several disciplinary perspectives: anthropology, gender studies, literature, history, and Asian, Australian, and Pacific studies. Chapters cover myriad contexts from Colombo to Cape Town, from New Caledonia to New South Wales, from Burma to Banda; French, British, and Dutch policies toward, and practices of banishment; various categories of people whose lives were touched or shaped by exile in the colonial period, among them royalty, slaves, convicts, rebels, soldiers and officials; the condition of exile and the ways it was remembered, reconfigured, and commemorated after the fact. Rather than confining themselves to the European colonial archives, the authors, whenever possible, put special emphasis on the use of indigenous primary sources hitherto little explored.

In addition to presenting fascinating, little known, and diverse case studies of exile in colonial Asia, the volume collectively offers a broad, contextualized, comparative perspective on a theme that links the narratives of diverse peoples and locales, invites imaginative methodological innovation in exploring multiple archives, and expands our theoretical frontiers in thinking about the interconnected histories of penal deportation, labor migration, political exile, colonial expansion, and individual destinies.

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Perspectives on the Global Past Series
“This engaging volume of 10 essays illustrates the many rewards of recuperating the meanings of exile in colonial Asia. Edward Said has evocatively described the solitude of exile as emblematic of our modern age of homelessness. . . . In the meantime, this elegant volume is insightful about the relationship between history, mobility and exile. For Edward Said, the zone of banished provided an ethical position from which to critique the excessive ascription of mass society. Exile in Colonial Asia takes a different approach by positioning the condition of exile as a site of struggle, worked over recurrently in the imaginaries of nations, empires and social groups. It is filled with wonderful detail and has innovatively unearthed sources in many languages, official and commemorative, that will delight its readers.” —The Indian Economic and Social History Review

"It is clear that Exile in Colonial Asia is a fine example of current scholarship on colonial empires workingwith concepts of migration, networks, and exile. Hopefully, it will inspire further research, for instanceon the relation between these exiles and their new host communities. Ronit Ricci’s own chapter on theSri Lankan Malay points down that avenue of investigation."—Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde

Exile in Colonial Asia succeeds admirably in bringing attention to the “global dimensions of colonial exile”. The volume further excels in synthesising the experience and memory of exile through the eyes of both colonial authorities and the exiles themselves. . . . For those seeking novel historiographical approaches to transnational history, Exile in Colonial Asia offers excellent insights on the role of forced migration in imperial endeavour.” —Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

". . . the essays in this volume provide exceptional insights into the nature, experience, and legacies of exile. The sensitivity to archive, to historical context and cultural meaning, is exceptional, and the essays work together to provide a challenging basis for future research and analysis. For the study of modern Asia as an interconnected domain of authority, mobility, and experience, for the history and literature of empire, nation, and selfhood, these essays break significant new ground." —Journal of Social History

Editor: Ricci, Ronit;
Ronit Ricci is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Australian National University.






Introduction Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration

Ronit Ricci


A Global History of Exile in Asia, c. 1700–1900

Clare Anderson


Out of Ceylon: The Exile of the Last King of Kandy

Robert Aldrich


“Near China beyond the Seas Far Far Distant from Juggernath”: The Mid- Nineteenth- Century Exile of Bhai Maharaj Singh in Singapore

Anand A. Yang


From Java to Jaffna: Exile and Return in Dutch Asia in the Eighteenth Century

Ronit Ricci


Caught between Empires: Babad Mangkudiningratan and the Exile of Sultan Hamengkubuwana II of Yogyakarta, 1813–1826

Sri Margana

Exile, Colonial Space, and Deterritorialized People in Eastern Indonesian History

Timo Kaartinen


Belongings and Belonging: Indonesian Histories in Inventories from the Cape of Good Hope

Jean Gelman Taylor


An Exile’s Lamentations? The Convict Experience in New South Wales, Australia, 1788–1840

Carol Liston


Prisoners from Indochina in the Nineteenth- Century French Colonial World

Lorraine M. Paterson


Watching the Detectives: The Elusive Exile of Prince Myngoon of Burma

Penny Edwards