Peter Carey (historian)

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Peter (P.B.R.) Carey (born 1948) is a British historian and author who studies East Timor, Java and Burma.[1] He was the Laithwaite fellow of Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford. His major early work has concentrated on the history of Diponegoro, the British in Java and the Java War. He is currently completing an Oral History of the Indonesian Occupation of East Timor, 1975–99 and a biography of Prince Dipanagara.[2]

Carey regularly comments on the history and politics of Southeast Asia to the British media.[3] He is currently the Country Director for the Cambodia Trust, in Jakarta, Indonesia [4]

Prabowo Controversy

Carey appeared in a film promoting Prabowo, a candidate in the 2014 Indonesian presidential election.[5] Prabowo has a reputation for brutally suppression in Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Aceh and with student activists, and has been banned from entering the USA as a result.[6] In the film, Prabowo is presented as having Javanese aristocratic heritage. Carey appears from 1:13-5:12 in the film—entitled Sang Patriot (The Patriot). During this appearance, Carey apparently praises Prabowo's aristocratic heritage.[7] This attracted criticism. One critic claimed that Carey was "selling his soul".[8] Carey responded, maintaining that his words had been taken out of context.[9] However, another scholar criticized Carey's response, asserting that Carey has a longstanding and close relationship with Prabowo; that Carey had not asked to be removed from the movie; and, that Carey had been vague, obfuscating and introduced irrelevancies in defending his appearance in the film.[10]



  • 1980 The Archive of Yogyakarta. Volume 1. Documents Relating to Politics and Internal Court Affairs (London: British Academy for the Oxford University Press)
  • 1981 Babad Dipanagara. An Account of the Outbreak of the Java War (1825-30) (Kuala Lumpur: Art Printers for the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society)
  • 1986 Maritime Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom: A Survey of Their Post-War Development and Current Resources (Oxford: JASO)
  • 1988 With Colin Wild (ed.), Born in Fire. The Indonesian Struggle for Independence. An Anthology (Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press)
  • 1988? Voyage à Djokja-Karta en 1825. The Outbreak of the Java War As Seen by a Painter (Paris: Association Archipel)
  • 1992 The British in Java, 1811-1816. A Javanese Account (London: Oxford University Press for the British Academy)
  • 1995 With G. Carter Bentley (eds.), East Timor at the Crossroads: The Forging of a Nation (London: Cassell)
  • With Steve Cox, Generations of Resistance: East Timor London: Cassell
  • 1997 Burma: The Challenge of Change in a Divided Society (Basingstoke: MacMillan)
  • 2000 With Mason C. Hoadley (eds.), The Archive of Yogyakarta, vol.2. Documents relating to Economic and Agrarian Affairs (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy)
  • 2007 The Power of Prophecy: Prince Dipanagara and the End of an Old Order in Java, 1785-1855, Leiden: KITLV Press (second revised edition July 2008)

Documentary Appearances[edit]