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A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm

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New in the "Short History of Asia" series, edited by Milton Osborne, this is a highly accessible, beautifully illustrated short history of Bali from the Bronze Age to the 2002 bombing.
ebook, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Allen & Unwin Australia (first published July 1st 2003)
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Picked this up because I was heading to Bali, and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Most of it is a chronological narrative of Bali's history, starting with pre-history then going through the pre-Majapahit, Majapahit, Dutch colonial and post-independence eras. It's all written in a very clear, concise but also personable style - like one of the simpler OUP Very Short Introduction books.

Casual tourists should just read chapter 1, which sets out salient bits about Balinese geography, c
Jennifer Louden
In preparation for our upcoming trip, Bob and I both read this. Super readable and informative. i'm grateful to be married to someone so curious so now I won't be going to Bali with my head filled with myths but with my eyes open to a unique and complex society working to keep what matters to them alive and balanced with modernity.
I just picked this up one day, it's a very thorough and informative biography of Bali. It covers well the ups, downs, wars, modernization and struggle to maintain tradition. I learned a lot about this book and am now even more interested in a visit!
Brief but very informative history of Bali from prehistoric to modern times. Balanced and well rounded. Definitely not an academic book, it was actually quite pleasurable to read.
A good overview of the politics and history of Bali. It could use another chapter bringing it up to date but provides a lot of useful general information.
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