The aftermath of the Aceh War is the focus of the University’s next Munro Lecture.
James T. Siegel, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, will examine the outcome of the conflict, which was prompted by the Dutch invasion of the Sultanate of Aceh in Indonesia in 1873.
Professor Siegel will argue that, contrary to many theories, the war did not end in 1914 when the sultan died, but that it continued for a further 25 years.
He will highlight that individuals continued to attack infidels in the decades following the death of the sultan as the conflict no longer depended on organised leadership.
The Munro Trust was established by Dr Robert Munro in 1910.
Dr Munro (1835-1920) was an Edinburgh graduate and a celebrated medical practitioner. A keen archaeologist, he retired from practice in 1885 to devote himself to the subject.
He established the lectureship to bring scholars from across the globe to Edinburgh in order to share their knowledge of matters relating to anthropology and archaeology.