Indonesia Today: Challenges of History

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

Asian-Pacific Economic Literature
Bresnan raises a very important question: will the new generation of Indonesian leaders include mean and women capabale of turning such challenges into opporunities to improve the working of the state and the welfare of society?
— Muhammad Chatib Basri, University of Indonesia
Asian Affairs
Valuable collection of essays.
Asian-Pacific Economic Literature - Muhammad Chatib Basri
Bresnan raises a very important question: will the new generation of Indonesian leaders include men and women capable of turning such challenges into opportunities to improve the working of the state and the welfare of society?
School Of Oriental and African Studies
This extremely well-edited book . . . remains highly important. It is well organized, contains a good glossary, a combined bibliography for all twenty-five chapters, an excellent index, and a wealth of useful tables and figures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742517622
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2002
  • Series: Indonesia Assessment Series
  • Edition number: 384
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Grayson J. Lloyd is a PhD candidate at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. Shannon L. Smith is an observer with Indonesian Political and Economic Affairs, Canberra.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Glossary
1 Thoughts on Indonesian History 1
2 The Contingent and the Unforeseen 14
3 Abdurrahman's Indonesia: Political Conflict and Institutional Crisis 29
4 The Economy in 2000: Still Flat on Its Back? 45
5 Brief Reflections on Indonesian Political History 69
6 The New Order: Keeping Up Appearances 72
7 Middle Way Leadership in Indonesia: Sukarno and Abdurrahman Wahid Compared 85
8 Parties and Parliament: Serving Whose Interests? 97
9 Conservative Political Ideology in Indonesia: A Fourth Wave? 112
10 Remembering the Left 126
11 The Rise and Fall of the Generals: The Indonesian Military at a Crossroads 136
12 The Changing Dynamics of Regional Resistance in Indonesia 146
13 Brief Reflections on Indonesian Economic History 161
14 Reflections on the New Order 'Miracle' 163
15 Indonesia's Economy and Standard of Living in the 20th Century 181
16 The Challenge of Sustainable Development: Economic, Institutional and Political Interactions, 1900-2000 200
17 The Latest Crisis of Regional Autonomy in Historical Perspective 216
18 Brief Reflections on Indonesian Social History 231
19 Indonesian Views of the Future 234
20 The Prospects for Islam 244
21 After the Bans: Modelling Indonesian Communications for the Future 256
22 Gender Relations in Indonesia: What Women Want 270
23 The Criminal State: Premanisme and the New Indonesia 283
24 Independence for Java? New National Projects for an Old Empire 298
25 Indonesia's History Unfolding 311
References 319
Index 343
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2003

    A response to the 'official' review

    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.

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