Anthony John Stanhope Reid
|Education||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Cambridge University (PhD, History), United Kingdom|
|Known for||Work on the history of Southeast Asia|
|Title||Emeritus Professor of History, Australian National University|
|Helen Margaret Reid (née Gray)|
|Children||Katharine Mary Reid, Daniel James Reid|
|Parent(s)||John Stanhope Reid and Doris Aileen Reid (née Priestley)|
Anthony Reid (born 19 June 1939) is a New Zealand-born historian of Southeast Asia. His doctoral work at Cambridge University examined the contest for power in northern Sumatra, Indonesia in the late 19th century, and he extended this study into a book The Blood of the People on the national and social revolutions in that region 1945-49. He is most well known for his two volume book "Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce", developed during his time at the Australian National University in Canberra. His later work includes a return to Sumatra where he explored the historical basis for the separate identity of Aceh; interests in nationalism, Chinese diaspora and economic history, and latterly the relation between geology and deep history.
Professor Reid taught Southeast Asia history at University of Malaya (1965-1970) and Australian National University (1970-1999). He became the founding director of the Southeast Asia Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999-2002, and then the founding director of Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), 2002-2007. He retired from NUS in 2009. Since then he has been based in Canberra as Professor (Emeritus) at the Australian National University.
As a writer of fiction he styles himself Tony Reid. He is the son of John S. Reid, a New Zealand diplomat who held postings in Indonesia, Japan and Canada in the 1950s and 1960s.
In 2002 Professor Reid won the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in the category of academics. He was elected as a Corresponding Fellow at the prestigious British Academy on 17 July 2008.
Reid has also written a novel about 17th century Java depicting the experiences of Tom Hodges, an Englishman, who arrives in Java in 1608 and aims to make his fortune in the pepper trade --
Anthony Reid and the Study of the Southeast Asian Past, ed. Geoff Wade and Li Tana (Singapore: ISEAS, 2012).
New Zealand's Early Steps in Asia: A Biography of John S. Reid and Family, by Anthony Reid (Canberra: 2020) [https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2744707226/view