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If history can offer a guide to the future, the turn of the century and the crossroads of reformasi presents a timely juncture for examining Indonesia's political, economic, and social history—both to evaluate current events and to chart the country's course. Indonesia Today provides an up-to-date overview of economic and political developments in the country. The contributors explore events, processes, and themes in contemporary Indonesia—including the evolution of political institutions and democracy, economic ...
If history can offer a guide to the future, the turn of the century and the crossroads of reformasi presents a timely juncture for examining Indonesia's political, economic, and social history—both to evaluate current events and to chart the country's course. Indonesia Today provides an up-to-date overview of economic and political developments in the country. The contributors explore events, processes, and themes in contemporary Indonesia—including the evolution of political institutions and democracy, economic development and political economy, religious and social movements, political ideology, and the role of the armed forces. By holding a mirror to historical events, the authors add a rich dimension to our understanding of Indonesia and its problems, free from the exigencies of the present and the prejudices of the past.
Contributions by: Greg Barton, Kelly Bird, Susan Blackburn, David Bourchier, Richard Chauvel, Robert Cribb, Howard Dick, Robert Elson, Pierre van der Eng, Greg Fealy, Wihana Kirana Jaya, Philip Kitley, John Legge, Tim Lindsey, Grayson J. Lloyd, Angus McIntyre, Marcus Mietzner, Goenawan Mohamad, M. C. Ricklefs, Shannon L. Smith, Atmadji Sumarkidjo, Adrian Vickers, and Thee Kian Wie
Chapter 1: Thoughts on Indonesian History
Grayson J. Lloyd and Shannon L. Smith
Chapter 2: The Contingent and the Unforeseen
Part I: Recent Developments
Chapter 3: Abdurrahman's Indonesia: Political Conflict and Institutional Crisis
Chapter 4: The Economy in 2000: Still Flat on Its Back?
Part II: Political History
Chapter 5: Brief Reflections on Indonesian Political history
Chapter 6: The New Order: Keeping up Appearances
Chapter 7: Middle Way Leadership in Indonesia: Sukarno and Abdurrahman Wahid Compared
Chapter 8: Parties and Parliament: Serving Whose Interests?
Chapter 9: Conservative Political Ideology in Indonesia: A Fourth Wave?
Chapter 10: Remembering the Left
Chapter 11: The Rise and Fall of the Generals: The Indonesian Military at a Crossroads
Chapter 12: The Changing Dynamics of Regional Resistance in Indonesia
Part III: Economic History
Chapter 13: Brief Reflections on Indonesian Economic History
Chapter 14: Reflections on the New Order "Miracle"
Thee Kian Wie
Chapter 15: Indonesia's Economy and Standard of Living in the 20th Century
Pierre van der Eng
Chapter 16: The Challenge of Sustainable Development: Economic, Institutional, and Political Interactions, 1900–2000
Chapter 17: The Latest Crisis of Regional Autonomy in Historical Perspective
Wihana Kirana Jaya and Howard Dick
Part IV: Social History
Chapter 18: Brief Reflections on Indonesian Social History
Chapter 19: Indonesian Views of the Future
M. C. Ricklefs
Chapter 20: The Prospects for Islam
Chapter 21: After the Bans: Modeling Indonesian Communications for the Future
Chapter 22: Gender Relations in Indonesia: What Women Want
Chapter 23: The Criminal State: Premanisme and the New Indonesia
Chapter 24: Independence for Java? New National Projects for an Old Empire
Part V: Looking Forward
Chapter 25: Indonesia's History Unfolding
Grayson J. Lloyd and Shannon L. Smith
Posted October 2, 2003
A good primer on Indonesian history, which accomplishes what most compilations accomplish. That is, it gives an excellent synopsis of the flow of recent Indonesian history with a good deal of scholarly research. While most academics will not agree with some of the conclusions of the book, as evidenced by the 'official' review on this site, the book is an excellent reference to the cursory and serious student of Indonesian history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.