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The Idea of Indonesia
A History

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  • Date Published: April 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521876483

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  • Indonesia the nation-state is a miraculous and unlikely construction. At first sight, the material for national unity could not be more unpromising; its history is marred by deep and often bloody internal disputation based on ideology, ethnicity, religion, and region. Yet Indonesia, as concept and as nation-state, endures and is, perhaps, beginning once again to thrive. R. E. Elson, one of the leading figures in the field, seeks to discover the origins of the idea of Indonesia in the mid-nineteenth century and explores its often vexed and troubled trajectory through to the present time. He examines why Indonesia exists, against the odds, as a nation-state, and in what different forms it has existed, seeking to explain the nation's character as it has struggled for unity and purpose. The analysis provides a chronological narrative which examines Indonesian politics, its political elites and their relationship with the Indonesian people.

    • Provides the first comprehensive and scholarly analysis of the origins and trajectory of the idea of Indonesia
    • Explores the idiosyncratic dynamics of Indonesia's existence as nation and nation-state
    • Includes extensive archival and library research as well as interviews with numerous Indonesians
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    "Elson bites off a lot, and there is a lot to digest here: Indonesian historians will refer to this book for years to come.... For my colleagues who want to learn the political history of modern Indonesia, I cannot think of a better guide than R. E. Elson." - History: Review of New Books

    "Elson makes an important contribution to understanding how a new Asia emerged from WWII.... Recommended." - Choice

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    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521876483
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The origins of the idea of Indonesia
    2. The new idea: elaboration and contestation
    3. The construction of Indonesia
    4. Indonesia in practice
    5. Rediscovering Indonesia
    6. Integralist Indonesia
    7. Towards a modest Indonesia
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    R. E. Elson, University of Queensland

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