A Short History of Indonesia: The Unlikely Nation?

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This succinct work of history charts the growth of Indonesia, a remarkable nation of more than 6,000 inhabited islands. With lucid originality, the text incorporates more than 2 million years of history with depth and brevity?particularly focusing on Indonesia's development into a microcosm of a multi-ethnic modern world. Many current concerns are perceptively addressed, such as the legacy of European-Asian trade, Dutch colonialism, and the ...
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Overview


This succinct work of history charts the growth of Indonesia, a remarkable nation of more than 6,000 inhabited islands. With lucid originality, the text incorporates more than 2 million years of history with depth and brevity—particularly focusing on Indonesia's development into a microcosm of a multi-ethnic modern world. Many current concerns are perceptively addressed, such as the legacy of European-Asian trade, Dutch colonialism, and the emergence of what has become the largest Muslim population in the world.
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“I cannot welcome this series warmly enough. It is sure to be a winner—and much needed.”  —Bill Bryson, author, In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781865088389
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: A Short History of Asia Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,435,921
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


Colin Brown is a professor of Asian studies at Flinders University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Maps of Indonesia
Acronyms
Glossary
Note on transcription
1 The Indonesian context 1
What's in a name? 2
The physical environment 5
The ethnographic environment 9
2 The rise of states: 1-1500 C.E. 11
The rise of the state 13
Hindu and Buddhist societies 17
3 The age of commerce: 1400-1700 29
The spread of Islam 31
The Beginnings of colonialism 32
4 Economic demise, political decline: 1600-1800 49
Extension of VOC control 55
Decline of Mataram 57
The Chinese War, 1740-1741 60
The Company outside Java 65
The collapse of the VOC 68
The legacy of the VOC 70
5 Establishment of empire: 1800-1900 72
Colonial reactions 81
The Cultivation System 83
Liberal Era 89
East coast of Sumatera 91
Aceh 96
The Aceh War 99
The other islands 101
The colonial infrastructure 102
6 Times of change: 1900-1945 104
Japanese administration 140
7 From revolution to authoritarian rule: 1945-1957 156
8 Guided to Pancasila democracy: 1956-1998 185
The rise of the New Order government 197
New Order foreign policy 208
The New Order and East Timor 209
Separatism in Aceh 212
Economic developments under Suharto 218
Restraints on the exercise of power 223
9 Reformasi: The post-Suharto era? 225
Bibliographical essay 247
Endnotes 260
Index 263
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