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The Indonesia Reader: History, Culture, Politics (World Readers)by Tineke Hellwig
Synopses & Reviews
Indonesia is the worldandrsquo;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: journalistsandrsquo; articles, explorersandrsquo; 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 volumeandrsquo;s editors. Well-known figures such as Indonesiaandrsquo;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 Japanandrsquo;s occupation (1942andndash;45), the establishment of an independent Indonesia, and the post-independence era, from Sukarnoandrsquo;s presidency (1945andndash;67), through Suhartoandrsquo;s dictatorial regime (1967andndash;98), to the present Reformasi period. Themes of resistance and activism recur: in a book excerpt decrying the exploitation of Javaandrsquo;s natural wealth by the Dutch; in the writing of Raden Ajeng Kartini (1879andndash;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 Indonesiaandrsquo;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.
An interdisciplinary anthology that includes many primary materials never before published in English.
An introduction to Indonesia s history, culture, and politics, which brings together more than 150 selections, including journalists articles, explorers chronicles, photographs, poetry, stories, cartoons, drawings, letters, and speeches.
About the Author
Tineke Hellwig is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of In the Shadow of Change: Images of Women in Indonesian Literature and a co-editor of Asian Women: Interconnections. Eric Tagliacozzo is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. He is the author of Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States along a Southeast Asian Frontier, 1865andndash;1915 and editor of Southeast Asia and the Middle East: Islam, Movement, and the Longue Duree.
Table of Contents
I. Early Histories
II. Early Modern Histories
III. Cultures in Collision
IV. Through Travelers' Eyes
V. High Colonial Indies
VI. The Last Decades of the Indies
VII. From Nationalism to Independence
VIII. The Old Order, the New Orderandmdash;Political Climate
IX. Social Issues and Cultural Debates
X. Intro the Twenty-First Century
Suggestions for Further Reading 451
Acknowledgment of Copyrights 457
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