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Indonesia: Peoples and Histories

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Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, is now in the midst of dramatic upheaval. This history of Indonesia provides an overview from the prehistoric period to the present and explores the connections between the nation’s many communities and the differences that propel contemporary breakaway movements.
“Taylor’s approach challenges and opens the mind.”—Jaime James, L
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 10th 2004 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Inggita
Aug 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
it's quite a reference book, you have to give her that - but some of the thoughts i wonder about.. the dutch were a calculating bunch they must've known that converting the indigenous not only was not worth the effort but also would take away the oppty for their divide-and-conquer tactic. at the end there's a sweet surprise that she would comment on the reconciliatory steps gus Dur made (on the east timor issue).
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Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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It is a good introduction but it is redundant in parts because the history is similar for the various parts of Indonesia. Issue of Java as center of the republic is discusses. Also shows the use of 'them' to hold 'us' together. Most is pre-20th century but last chapter is on the 20th century.
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