The Indonesia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Indonesia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

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Edited by Tineke Hellwig, Edited by Eric Tagliacozzo

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  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 488 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 30mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: North Carolina
  • ISBN 10: 0822344246
  • ISBN 13: 9780822344247
  • Illustrations note: 46 photographs, 2 tables, 1 map, 11 figures
  • Sales rank: 101,616

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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 Reader" is a unique introduction to this extraordinary country. Assembled for the traveller, student, and expert alike, the Reader includes 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 1942-45 occupation, the establishment of an independent Indonesia, and the post-independence era, from the Sukarno presidency (1945-67), through Suharto's dictatorial regime (1967-98), to the present Reformasi period. 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 (1879-1904), 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 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 Reader" conveys the long history and the cultural, ethnic, and ecological diversity of this far-flung archipelago nation.

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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, 1865-1915" and editor of "Southeast Asia and the Middle East: Islam, Movement, and the Longue Duree."

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"Tineke Hellwig and Eric Tagliacozzo have woven together a variety of observations across time to help gain some insight into the astonishingly varied story of a fascinating nation. From reflections on the role of inter-oceanic trade, the flow of world religions, the fight for independence, and ultimately, a just society, the book offers a key corpus of documents to debate and contextualize." Michael Laffan, Princeton University "With selections including scholarly pieces, manifestoes, interviews, speeches, and inscriptions, this volume captures the long sweep of the Indonesian archipelago's history while emphasizing its spectacular diversity. This is a Reader that deserves to be read."--Rudof Mrazek, University of Michigan

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"With selections including scholarly pieces, manifestoes, interviews, speeches, and inscriptions, this volume captures the long sweep of the Indonesian archipelago's history while emphasizing its spectacular diversity. This is a "Reader" that deserves to be read."--Rudof Mrazek, University of Michigan

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction I. Early Histories The Kutei Inscriptions in Borneo, Anonymous; The Shadow of India, Upendra Thakur; The Genesis of Indonesian Archaeology, R. P. Soejono; Javanese Inscriptions, Himansu Bhusan Sarkar; What Was Srivijaya? George Coedes; Srivijaya Revisited, Michel Jacq-Hergoualc'h; Arab Navigation in the Archipelago, G. R. Tibbetts; Viewing the Borobudur, Jan Poortenaar; In Praise of Prambanan; The Nagarakrtagama, Mpu Prapanca; Images Arjuna and Kresna II. Early Modern Histories Ibn Battuta at Pasai, Ibn Battuta; Chinese Muslims in Java, H. J. de Graaf and Th. F. Pigeaud; Portuguese Sources on Products and the Monsoons, Robert Nicholl; The First Dutch Voyage to the Indies, 1596, Willem Lodewijcksz; The Web of Batik; An Englishman in Banten, Edmund Scott; A Harem in Aceh; Contract with Banjarmasin, Anonymous; General Missives of the VOC, Anonymous; Negara: The Theatre State in Bali, Clifford Geertz III. Cultures in Collision The Tuhfat al-Nafis, Raja Ali al-Haji Riau; The Hikayat Abdullah, Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir Munshi; The La Galigo as Bugis History, Sirtjo Koolhof; The Babad Diponegoro in Java, Peter Carey; Sasak Literature of Lombok, Geoffrey Marrison; Max Havelaar, Multatuli; A Naturalist Climbs a Mountain, Alfred Russel Wallace; Surveilling the Arabs, Consulate Officials; A Pioneer of Women's Rights, Raden Ajeng Kartini; Chinese Coolies to Sumatra, William Pickering IV. Through Travelers' Eyes Visiting Banjarmasin, Daniel Beekman; The Lure of Spices in the Moluccas; An Englishman in New Guinea, Thomas Forrest; Letters from Chinese Merchants to Batavia, Leonard Blusse; Pirates on the Java Sea, George Earl; Colonial Geography in Kei and Flores, C. M. Kan; Bugis Ships of Sulawesi; Traversing the Interior of Palembang, H. H. van Kol; The Zoology of the Indies, L. F. de Beaufort; The Indonesian Hajj in Colonial Times V. High Colonial Indies Chinese Traders in the Villages, M. R. Fernando and David Bulbeck; Is Opium a Genuine Evil? J. Groneman; River Travel in the Padang Uplands, Anonymous; Ethnographic Notes on Sumba, J. J. van Alphen; Advice on Islam, C. Snouck Hurgronje; Marriage in Minahasa, Anonymous; Shooting a Tiger, Anonymous; The Endless War in Aceh, Aceh Documentation Center; Beriberi: Disease among the Troops; Protestant Missions in the Indies, Baron van Boetzelaer van Dubbeldam; The Oceanography of the Archipelago, G. F. Tydeman VI. The Last Decades of the Indies Java's Railways, S. A. Reitsma; The Eruption of Krakatoa, R. A. van Sandick; Colonizing Central Sulawesi, Joost Cote; The Welfare on Java and Madura, Dutch East Indies Welfare Committee; The Balinese Puputan, Jhr. H. M. Van Weede; The Sarekat Islam Congress, 1916, O. S. Tjokroaminoto; The Youth Oath, Anonymous; The Adventures of a New Language, Benedict R. O'G. Anderson; Community of Exiles in Boven Digul, Mas Marco Katrodikromo; Out of Bounds, Soewarsih Djojopoespito; Changes in Indonesian Society, Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana; Me and Toba, P. Pospos VII. From Nationalism to Independence Government News, Gunseikanbu; Fifty Years of Silence, Jan Ruff-O'Herne; Drawings from a Japanese Camp, Mieneke Van Hoogstraten; Exploring Panca Sila, Sukarno; Memories of a Freedom Fighter, Roswitha Djajadiningrat; Revolutionary Poetry, Chairil Anwar; Straightening Out Celebes, Raymond Westerling; The 1948 Madiun Incident, Suar Suroso; The South Moluccan Case, Department of Public Information of the Republic of South Moluccas VIII. The Old Order, the New Order--Political Climate The 1955 Elections, Herbert Feith; Joint Proclamation Text, Abdul Qahhar Mudzakkar; I Am a Papua, Zacharias Sawor; A Soldier Stateman, Julius Pour; The Mass Killings of 1965-66, Robert Cribb; Suharto, My Thoughts, Words, Deeds, Suharto; Student Demonstrations, R. Slamet Iman Santoso; Cartoons, Sjahrir; Our Struggle against Indonesian Aggression, Republica Democratica de Timor Leste IX. Social Issues and Cultural Debates Cultural Workers Must Lead the Way, Amya Iradat; The 1963 Cultural Manifesto; The Chinese Minority in Indonesia, Leo Suryadinata; The Young Divorcee, Nh. Dini; Tracing the Twilight of Jakarta, Yuyu A. N. Krisna; The Mute's Soliloquy, Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Marsinah Accuses, Ratna Sarumpaet; Why Was TEMPO Banned? Team of TEMPO Journalists; Saman, Ayu Utami X. Into the Twenty-First Century Jakarta, February 14, 2039, Seno Gumira Ajidarma; Jakarta 2039, Forty Years after May 13-14, 1998, Seno Gumira Ajidarma and Zacky; If PAN Wins the Election, Amien Rais; Gays and Lesbians in Indonesia, Dede Oetomo; The Violence in Ambon, Human Rights Watch; The Bali Bombing, Interview with Imam Samudera; Megawati Sukarnoputri, Fabiola Desy Unidjaja; Saving the Komodo Dragons, Indira Permanasari; Post-Tsunami Aceh, Scott Baldauf; The Danish Cartoon Controversy, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; The Politics of Bare Flesh, Desi Anwar Suggestions for Further Reading; Acknowledgment of Copyrights; Index