A Short History of Indonesia: The Unlikely Nation?

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Chapter 1
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During the twentieth century, at least four terms were used to refer to the western half of the island of New Guinea. The Dutch called it Netherlands New Guinea. After 1945, and especially after disposition of the territory came into dispute between Indonesia and the Netherlands, the Indonesians called it first Irian Barat, and then Irian Jaya. President Abdurrahman Wahid, in early 2000, gave support to renaming the territory Papua, although Parliament did not give formal recognition to this term until October 2001. The independence movement in the region has never used the word ‘Irian’, preferring ‘Papua’ or ‘Papua Barat/West Papua’.
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The more culturally inclusive terms ‘Current Era’ (CE) and ‘Before Current Era’ (BCE) are used here in place of the more established AD and BC.

Chapter 3
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At the time the Chineseness of the ‘saints’ was obviously not seen as any impediment to the acceptance of Islam. In the 1970s, however, a book by a well-known Indonesian scholar arguing that Islam might have been brought to Java not from the west but from China was banned by the Indonesian government. Four centuries on, attitude toward both ethnicity and religion had changed substantially.

Chapter 5
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One of the most famous of modern Indonesian paintings is that by Raden Saleh, which depicts Diponegoro's capture. He is

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Acronyms xiv
  • Glossary xvi
  • Note on Transcription xviii
  • 1 - The Indonesian Context 1
  • 2 - The Rise of States 1–1500 Ce 11
  • 3 - The Age of Commerce: 1400–1700 29
  • 4 - Economic Demise, Political Decline:1600–1800 49
  • 5 - Establishment of Empire: 1800–1900 72
  • 6 - Times of Change 1900–1945 104
  • 7 - From Revolution to Authoritarian Rule 1945–1957 156
  • 8 - Guided to Pancasila Democracy 1956–1998 185
  • 9 - Reformasi: the Post-Suharto Era? 225
  • Bibliographical Essay 247
  • Notes 260
  • Index 263
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