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Indonesia the nation-state is a miraculous and unlikely construction. At first sight, the material for national unity could not be more unpromising; its history is marred by deep and often bloody internal disputation based on ideology, ethnicity, religion, and region. Yet Indonesia, as concept and as nation-state, endures and is, perhaps, beginning once again to thrive. R....more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press
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Apr 10, 2009 Rhesa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I just recently bought this book, the author is an Australian professor of South East Asia History in Queensland Uni, Australia. From a glimpse through the content, I see that the author elaborates the history of the idea of "making Indoenesia" by uniting the many ethnicities, tribal languages & local cultures spread all over the country; and from there he goes on describing how such collective will & endeavour was carried out in history.

I think this is gonna be an excellent reading, eve...more
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“The word 'Indonesia' was first manufactured in 1850 in the form 'Indu-nesians' by the English traveler and social observer George Samuel Windsor Earl. He was searching for an ethnographic term to describe 'that branch of the Polynesian race inhabiting the Indian Archipelago', or 'the brown races of the Indian Archipelago'.” 3 likes
“Snouck could speak of the region of Aceh, on the nnorthern tip of Sumatra, as 'that country... that old pirate-state', and the American traveller Eliza Scidmore of ' the brave, liberty-loving Achinese'. Within a decade Aceh, however unwillyngly, was finally subjugated, its focus recalibrated from the Malay world and the Indian Ocean to Java, and its future rendered unmistakably as part of the Netherlands Indies” 2 likes
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