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A History of Modern Indonesia

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  • Date Published: February 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511133497

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  • Although Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world, its history is still relatively unfamiliar and understudied. Guided by the life and writings of the country's most famous author, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Adrian Vickers takes the reader on a journey across the social and political landscape of twentieth-century Indonesia in this innovative and timely account. He begins by explaining the country's origins under the Dutch in the early part of that century, the subsequent anti-colonial struggle and revolution which led to independence in 1949. Thereafter the spotlight is on the 1950s, a crucial period in the formation of Indonesia as a new nation, which was followed by the Sukarno years, and the anti-communist massacres of the 1960s when General Suharto took over as president. The concluding chapters chart the fall of Suharto's New Order after thirty two years in power, and the subsequent political and religious turmoil which culminated in the Bali bombings in 2002. Drawing on insights from literature, art and anthropology, Adrian Vickers portrays a complex and resilient people borne out of a troubled past.

    • A colourful and fascinating trawl through the highs and lows of Indonesia's history, its politics, and its people
    • Author uses the work of Indonesia's most famous novelist as a prism for explaining the cultural nuances of a complex and underexplored society
    • This is an up to date, and timely account by one of the premier historians of Indonesia
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    'Vickers's Modern Indonesia is no one-thing-after-the-other textbook. Innovatively framed around the writings of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and invoking the arresting insights of Indonesian novelists and playwrights, it provides a stimulating, fresh understanding of Indonesia's modern, often tragic, trajectory. This is not a book written over the shoulders of nationalist politicians and military officers, but one that evokes the senses, flavours, turmoils and smells of everyday life in that irresistably complicated country.' R. E. Elson, The University of Queensland

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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511133497
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Indonesian history and Pramoedya Ananta Toer
    1. Our colonial soil: Dutch colonial expansion and the creation of the basis of modern Indonesia in the Netherlands East Indies
    2. Cultures of the countryside: the lives of peasants and coolies during the colonial period
    3. 'To Assail the Colonial Machine': urban life and the development of Indonesian nationalism
    4. The Revolution: the struggle for independence, from the Japanese occupation of 1942 to the achievement of sovereignty in 1949
    5. Living in the Atomic Age: the 1950s and Sukarno's Guided Democracy
    6. From Old to New Orders: the build up to the political crisis of 1965, the killings, and the establishment of Suharto's New Order government
    7. Terror and development in Happy Land: the New Order from the late 1970s until the 1990s
    8. Age of globalisation, age of crisis: the last years of the New Order, the fall of Suharto and the period of democratic reform.

  • Author

    Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
    Adrian Vickers is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Wollongong in Australia. He is author of the acclaimed Bali: A Paradise Created (1989) as well as many other scholarly and popular works on Indonesia.

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