The Indonesia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Indonesia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

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by Tineke Hellwig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822344033

ISBN-13: 9780822344032

Pub. Date: 03/13/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, encompassing nearly eighteen thousand islands. The fourth-most populous nation in the world, it has a larger Muslim population than any other. The Indonesia Reader is a unique introduction to this extraordinary country. Assembled for the traveler, student, and expert alike, the Reader includes more

Overview

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, encompassing nearly eighteen thousand islands. The fourth-most populous nation in the world, it has a larger Muslim population than any other. The Indonesia Reader is a unique introduction to this extraordinary country. Assembled for the traveler, student, and expert alike, the Reader includes more than 150 selections: journalists’ articles, explorers’ chronicles, photographs, poetry, stories, cartoons, drawings, letters, speeches, and more. Many pieces are by Indonesians; some are translated into English for the first time. All have introductions by the volume’s editors. Well-known figures such as Indonesia’s acclaimed novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer and the American anthropologist Clifford Geertz are featured alongside other artists and scholars, as well as politicians, revolutionaries, colonists, scientists, and activists.

Organized chronologically, the volume addresses early Indonesian civilizations; contact with traders from India, China, and the Arab Middle East; and the European colonization of Indonesia, which culminated in centuries of Dutch rule. Selections offer insight into Japan’s occupation (1942–45), the establishment of an independent Indonesia, and the post-independence era, from Sukarno’s presidency (1945–67), through Suharto’s dictatorial regime (1967–98), to the present Reformasi period. Themes of resistance and activism recur: in a book excerpt decrying the exploitation of Java’s natural wealth by the Dutch; in the writing of Raden Ajeng Kartini (1879–1904), a Javanese princess considered the icon of Indonesian feminism; in a 1978 statement from East Timor objecting to annexation by Indonesia; and in an essay by the founder of Indonesia’s first gay activist group. From fifth-century Sanskrit inscriptions in stone to selections related to the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2004 tsunami, The Indonesia Reader conveys the long history and the cultural, ethnic, and ecological diversity of this far-flung archipelago nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822344032
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/13/2009
Series:
The World Readers
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction....................1
I Early Histories....................13
The Kutei Inscriptions in Borneo, Anonymous....................17
The Shadow of India, Upendra Thakur....................20
The Genesis of Indonesian Archaeology, R. P. Soejono....................27
Javanese Inscriptions, Himansu Bhusan Sarkar....................34
What Was Srivijaya? George Coedès....................37
Srivijaya Revisited, Michel Jacq-Hergoualc'h....................44
Arab Navigation in the Archipelago, G. R. Tibbetts....................48
Viewing the Borobudur, Jan Poortenaar....................54
In Praise of Prambanan....................56
The Nagarakrtagama, Mpu Prapañca....................58
Images Arjuna and Kresna....................61
II Early Modern Histories....................63
Ibn Battuta at Pasai, Ibn Battuta....................67
Chinese Muslims in Java, H. J. de Graaf and Th. F. Pigeaud....................70
Portuguese Sources on Products and the Monsoons, Robert Nicholl....................75
The First Dutch Voyage to the Indies, 1596, Willem Lodewijcksz....................80
The Web of Batik....................85
An Englishman in Banten, Edmund Scott....................87
A "Harem" in Aceh....................92
Contract with Banjarmasin, Anonymous....................94
General Missives of the voc, Anonymous....................96
Negara: The Theatre State in Bali, Clifford Geertz....................99
III Cultures in Collision....................105
The Tuhfat al-Nafis, Raja Ali al-Haji Riau....................109
The HikayatAbdullah, Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir Munshi....................113
The La Galigo as Bugis History, Sirtjo Koolhof....................115
The Babad Dipanegara in Java, Peter Carey....................121
Sasak Literature of Lombok, Geoffrey Marrison....................125
Max Havelaar, Multatuli....................128
A Naturalist Climbs a Mountain, Alfred Russel Wallace....................133
Surveilling the Arabs, Consulate Officials....................137
A Pioneer of Women's Rights, Raden Ajeng Kartini....................140
Chinese Coolies to Sumatra, William Pickering....................146
IV Through Travelers' Eyes....................149
Visiting Banjarmasin, Daniel Beekman....................153
The Lure of Spice in the Moluccas....................159
An Englishman in New Guinea, Thomas Forrest....................161
Letters from Chinese Merchants to Batavia, Leonard Blussé....................165
Pirates on the Java Sea, George Earl....................173
Colonial Geography in Kei and Flores, C. M. Kan....................177
Bugis Ships of Sulawesi....................179
Traversing the Interior of Palembang, H. H. van Kol....................181
The Zoology of the Indies, L. F. de Beaufort....................184
The Indonesian Hajj in Colonial Times....................190
V High Colonial Indies....................193
Chinese Traders in the Villages, M. R. Fernando and David Bulbeck....................197
Is Opium a Genuine Evil? J. Groneman....................202
River Travel in the Padang Uplands, Anonymous....................207
Ethnographic Notes on Sumba, J. J. van Alphen....................211
Advice on Islam, C. Snouck Hurgronje....................214
Marriage in Minahasa, Anonymous....................218
Shooting a Tiger, Anonymous....................224
The Endless War in Aceh, Aceh Documentation Center....................228
Beriberi: Disease among the Troops....................234
Protestant Missions in the Indies, Baron van Boetzelaer van Dubbeldam....................236
The Oceanography of the Archipelago, G. F. Tydeman....................241
VI The Last Decades of the Indies....................245
Java's Railways, S. A. Reitsma....................249
The Eruption of Krakatoa, R. A. van Sandick....................252
Colonizing Central Sulawesi, Joost Coté....................256
The Welfare on Java and Madura, Dutch East Indies Welfare Committee....................260
The Balinese Puputan, Jhr. H. M. Van Weede....................262
The Sarekat Islam Congress, 1916, O. S. Tjokroaminoto....................265
The Youth Oath, Anonymous....................269
The Adventures of a New Language, Benedict R. O'G. Anderson....................271
Community of Exiles in Boven Digul, Mas Marco Kartodikromo....................275
Out of Bounds, Soewarsih Djojopoespito....................280
Changes in Indonesian Society, Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana....................283
Me and Toba, P. Pospos....................286
VII From Nationalism to Independence....................291
Government News, Gunseikanbu....................295
Fifty Years of Silence, Jan Ruff-O'Herne....................299
Drawings from a Japanese Camp, Mieneke Van Hoogstraten....................303
Exploring Panca Sila, Sukarno....................305
Memories of a Freedom Fighter, Roswitha Djajadiningrat....................309
Revolutionary Poetry, Chairil Anwar....................313
Straightening Out Celebes, Raymond Westerling....................315
The 1948 Madiun Incident, Suar Suroso....................319
The South Moluccan Case, Department of Public Information of the Republic of South Moluccas....................322
VIII The Old Order, the New Order-Political Climate....................329
The 1955 Elections, Herbert Feith....................333
Joint Proclamation Text, Abdul Qahhar Mudzakkar....................337
I Am a Papua, Zacharias Sawor....................340
A Soldier Stateman, Julius Pour....................344
The Mass Killings of 1965-66, Robert Cribb....................347
Suharto, My Thoughts, Words, Deeds, Suharto....................352
Student Demonstrations, R. Slamet Iman Santoso....................356
Cartoons Sjahrir as Chair of kami....................359
Our Struggle against Indonesian Aggression, Republica Democratica de Timor Leste....................361
IX Social Issues and Cultural Debates....................365
Cultural Workers Must Lead the Way, Amya Iradat....................369
The 1963 Cultural Manifesto....................372
The Chinese Minority in Indonesia, Leo Suryadinata....................374
The Young Divorcee, Nh. Dini....................378
Tracing the Twilight of Jakarta, Yuyu A. N. Krisna....................384
The Mute's Soliloquy, Pramoedya Ananta Toer....................388
Marsinah Accuses, Ratna Sarumpaet....................393
Why Was tempo Banned? Team of tempo Journalists....................397
Saman, Ayu Utami....................402
X Into the Twenty-First Century....................407
Jakarta, February 14, 2039, Seno Gumira Ajidarma....................411
Jakarta 2039, Forty Years after May 13-14, 1998, Seno Gumira Ajidarma and Zacky....................414
If PAN Wins the Election, Amien Rais....................417
Gays and Lesbians in Indonesia, Dédé Oetomo....................421
The Violence in Ambon, Human Rights Watch....................424
The Bali Bombing, Interview with Imam Samudera....................429
Megawati Sukarnoputri, Fabiola Desy Unidjaja....................433
Saving the Komodo Dragons, Indira Permanasari....................435
Post-Tsunami Aceh, Scott Baldauf....................440
The Danish Cartoon Controversy, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono....................444
The Politics of Bare Flesh, Desi Anwar....................446
Suggestions for Further Reading....................451
Acknowledgment of Copyrights....................457
Index....................465

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