Indonesia Reader History, Culture, Politics

ISBN-10: 0822344246
ISBN-13: 9780822344247
Edition: 2009
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List price: $23.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago, encompassing nearly 18,000 islands. The fourth most populous country in the world, it has a larger Muslim population than any other nation.The Indonesia Readeris a unique introduction to this extraordinary country. Assembled for the traveller, student, and expert alike, theReaderincludes 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 of them are preceded by introductions written 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 194245 occupation, the establishment of an independent Indonesia, and the post-independence era, from the Sukarno presidency (194567), through Suharto's dictatorial regime (196798), to the presentReformasiperiod. 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 Kartini (18791904), 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 Readerconveys the long history and the cultural, ethnic, and ecological diversity of this far-flung archipelago nation.

Eric Tagliacozzo is Professor of History at Cornell University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Early Histories
Early Modern Histories
Cultures in Collision
Through Travelers' Eyes
High Colonial Indies
The Last Decades of the Indies
From Nationalism to Independence
The Old Order, the New Order—Political Climate
Social Issues and Cultural Debates
Intro the Twenty-First Century
Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgment of Copyrights
Index

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