A Short History of Indonesia: The Unlikely Nation?

A Short History of Indonesia: The Unlikely Nation?

A Short History of Indonesia: The Unlikely Nation?

A Short History of Indonesia: The Unlikely Nation?

Synopsis

"A readable, well-informed and comprehensive history of Indonesia and its peoples, from ancient origins to the present day. A new title in the Short Histories of Asia Series, edited by Milton Osborne."

Excerpt

The term ‘Indonesia’ is a problematic one. Since it was coined in the mid-nineteenth century, it has been used in a variety of different, and sometimes contradictory, ways. This chapter starts by considering these different usages, and indicates the ways in which it will be used in the book. This is followed by a consideration of the physical environment within which the history of the archipelago and its peoples is located. It concludes with a brief discussion of the societies that were in existence in the archipelago at the beginning of the Common Era, 2000 years ago.

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