The Social Evolution of Indonesia: The Asiatic Mode of Production and Its Legacy

The Social Evolution of Indonesia: The Asiatic Mode of Production and Its Legacy

by F. Tichelman

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The Social Evolution of Indonesia: The Asiatic Mode of Production and Its Legacy by F. Tichelman

At a fairly early stage of socialism's penetration into the Afro-Asian world, a handful of European social democrats established an Indian Social-Democratic Association (lSDV). They did so in a country, Indonesia, that was economically little developed and far away from any of the centres of European socialism and Asiatic radical-national­ ism. The ISDV was soon able to bring its influence to bear on sec­ tions of the urban proletariat and to build up an Indonesian revol­ utionary movement. This occurred in sharp competition with a nascent nationalist leadership, and then without the usual inter­ mediary role played by radicalizing groups of native intelligentsia. In this way, Dutch social democrats laid the foundations for one of the first communist parties in Asia and Africa, a party which was des­ tined to become one of the few communist mass parties of the Third World. However, in contrast to the major communist movements of China-Vietnam, this Indonesian party was to demonstrate a basic weakness: successive and catastrophic defeats. ! If we leave out Japan, the only non-Western country where a capi­ talist industrial revolution occurred, we see that foreign and particu­ larly Western minorities frequently did playa dominant role in the initial and formative phases of the socialist and workers' movements of the Afro-Asiatic world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789400988989
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 10/22/2011
Series: Studies in Social History , #5
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1980
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

I. Southeast Asia.- 1. Van Leur, Western Penetration and the Degree of Southeast Asian Development.- 2. Asiatic Variations.- 3. Southeast Asia.- 4. Indianized Southeast Asia: Similarities and Differences.- 5. Southeast Asian Varieties: The Hispanicized and Sinicized Sectors.- 6. Southeast Asia: The Conclusions reached by Bastin and Benda.- II. Indonesia.- 7. Islam, ‘Asia’ and the United East India Company.- 8. Colonial Policy in the 19th and 20th Centuries.- 9. Continuities.- 10. Changes.- 11. Conflict and Movement.- 12. The Trias in Movement: the Santris.- 13. The Neo-Priyayis and Soekarno.- 14. The PKI and the Abangan.

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