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Engineers of Happy Land: Technology and Nationalism in a Colony

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Based on close reading of historical documents--poetry as much as statistics--and focused on the conceptualization of technology, this book is an unconventional evocation of late colonial Netherlands East Indies (today Indonesia). In considering technology and the ways that people use and think about things, Rudolf Mrazek invents an original way to talk about freedom, colo ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 24th 2002 by Princeton University Press (first published March 4th 2002)
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mahatma
Jul 19, 2007 mahatma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
saya membaca buku ini sudah dalam terjemahan indonesia. namun demikian, tidak kendor penghargaan saya padanya.
buku ini mengulas [atau memanfaatkan bahan] sejarah dengan meneliti benda-benda. suatu pendekatan baru yang mengamati muncul, berkembang dan surutnya penggunaan benda-benda sesehari.
dari kereta api -misalnya- tergambarlah modus ekonomi kolonial dan pribumi sekaligus, dmeikian pula konsep tentang progres/kemajuan, tentang terbukanya ruang-ruang isolasi tradisonal. demikian pula ulasan te
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Ewa
Jun 24, 2007 Ewa rated it it was amazing
Some experts call Walter Benjamin's 1000-plus page magnum opus The Arcades Project (Cambridge: Belknap/Harvard 1999) quite simply one of the greatest 20th century efforts to comprehend "History". Some even call this thick tome the greatest endeavour of all studies into one of the most fundamental perceptions in 2500 years of world development: a perception arising from awareness of the way the relationship between limited humanity and unlimited time dictates human life.

Inspired by various sourc
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Mirna
Jul 11, 2009 Mirna rated it liked it
Since as early as 1900 there had been worries on the lack of trees in the planning and development of cities in Indonesia, especially those in Java.
The colonial Dutch, which was actually responsible for bringing modernism to Java, complained the most about it. In Europe, there are still green gardens or green reservatoirs that kept and preserved old trees. In Indonesia the old trees were gone, replaced by trees such as Acacia that grew faster.
So, ... what actually is the cause?
is it because of .
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Gede Budi Suprayoga
Jan 25, 2013 Gede Budi Suprayoga rated it really liked it
Artifak, dalam berbagi wujud, secara sadar dan tidak sadar memberikan makna bagi masyarakat pada zamannya. Sebaliknya, teknologi yang terkandung dalam setiap benda adalah manifestasi atas alam berpikir suatu masyarakat. Dengan demikian, teknologi tidaklah netral cenderung untuk mendiskriminasikan dan menyesuaikan dengan bentuk keteraturan sosial yang diharapkan.

Sebagai ilustrasi, jalan pada zaman kolonial Belanda adalah sebuah bentuk diskriminasi dan penguasaan teritori antara "penjajah" dan "te
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ariel arrayyan
Mar 25, 2014 ariel arrayyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini tepat dibaca oleh Anda yang ingin menelusuri akar sejarah perkembangan teknologi dan akar historis nasionalisme di Indonesia.
Kuncz Arock
Nov 05, 2009 Kuncz Arock rated it really liked it
Bercerita tentang perkembangan teknologi, dari yang paling sederhana, dan akibat-akibat sosial-ekonomi-politiknya di Indonesia.
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