Wolters wanted me to meet two of his advanced students who had just returned from fieldwork: The Golden Age of Piracy did not last the decade. In response European nations bolstered their own navies to offer greater protection for merchants and to hunt down pirates. Most pirates had experience living on the sea, and knew how harsh the conditions could be. He faithfully kept a diary that would be a key source for his two-volume history of the Japanese occupation published in
Perhaps Htin Aung had been groomed to succeed Hall, for he was appointed lecturer in before Hall left for England.
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For Hall himself had been a colonial scholar-official in Burma. When the American century began, the New York Times emerged as the newspaper of record. In contrast to the relatively unknown Wolters, Hall by the 60s had already been christened the father of Southeast Asian studies, to a great extent due to the wide acceptance of his monumental history of Southeast Asia. I didn't know much about this Filipino historian inbecause I had attended the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila, a rival of the University of the Philippines that set other textbooks. I was back in Ithaca to write up my thesis when Marcos declared martial law in September From to aroundHarry Benda, John Smail and other students of Indonesian history at Cornell wrote seminar papers that explored the pitfalls of nationalist historiography and suggested ways of breaking out of the closed or limited universe exemplified by this mode of historical writing. For Hall, the problem was non-existent.