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- DescriptionThe twelve chapters of this book all derive from the reflections of a prominent historian on the nature of modern Indonesian history, over a 40-year time span. A central thread running through the book is the importance of the fact that Indonesia entered the modern community of nation-states through political revolution. This revolution has often been denied or downplayed as a failure because it did t have a communist outcome like those of China and Vietnam. A much better analogy is the French revolution - a profound breaking with and discrediting of the ancien regime but without the guiding hand of a disciplined party intent on power. Like other revolutions, it demanded a huge price in violence, human suffering, and the loss of cultural traditions; like them too, it offered a glittering prize. The prize turned out t to be the freedom and equality of which the revolutionaries had dreamt, but a previously inconceivable unity enforced by a state of a completely new kind. The Faustian bargain in by which Indonesia was created in the 1940s is at the heart of this book. All the chapters save one have been revissed and updated for this publication, with the injection of some additional optimism called for by post-1998 democracy. The exception is the earliest paper, from 1967, on the paroxysm of violence that punctuated Indonesia's independent history from 1965-1966. This piece has been left unchanged as a document in the early quest for understanding of those horrific events.
- Author BiographyAnthony Reid is Emeritus Professor of Southeast Asian history at the Australian National University, where he also taught and researched from 1970 until 1999. Later, he was Founding Director first of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA (1999-2002) and subsequently of the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore (2002-2007).
- Author(s)Anthony Reid
- PublisherNUS Press
- Date of Publication15/05/2011
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationSingapore
- Country of PublicationSingapore
- ImprintNUS Press
- Content NoteIllustrations, maps
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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