The style is lucid, engaging, and blunt about the brutality and corruption of various leaders in the imperial and post-colonial eras. For readers who want an entertaining introduction to Asia's most fascinating country, this is delightful reading. I appreciate the points of interest and nation as a whole much more now that I understand how Indonesia developed over the past 2,000-or-so years. The E-mail message field is required. America and Australia were not very supportive. Throughout the book it is acknowledged that Indonesia itself was a new concoction, therefore Indonesia in pre-colonial times was covered appropriately as 'the archipelago' i. So I probably have about as good of a knowledge in Indonesian history as any foreigner with maybe 2 or 3 Indonesian visa stamps on their passport.
This was the land that Christopher Columbus sought and Magellan actually reached and explored. Indonesia has made a near miraculous recovery from these horrendous events and, according to Hannigan, a new-found political stability means it is now facing a brighter future. The book definitely could've dealt a bit more on the prehistoric era. You don't hold much of any real power, the Europeans do. A Brief History of Indonesia. From that point, the narrative becomes more chronological and picks up pace.
Reading this makes you feel as if you are only scratching the surface, and each island and town has a rich history to discover on its own. . The story contained references to several other characters that I knew from elsewhere: - Thomas Stamford Raffles, whom I am vaguely aware of from the founding of singapore, made an appearance. We admit to thinking this on hearing about The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, but given it won the Pulitzer prize for fiction earlier this year and being suckers for literary prizes , we had to give it a read. What a refreshing, shocking, beautiful, thought-provoking read. But if you can get past that, it's a fine book.
I suppose in the end you get what's on the cover. It is grim but powerful reading. This was the land that Christopher Columbus sought and Magellan actually reached and explored. My next goal in this regard will be to learn more about the major Indonesian individuals responsible for forming the Indonesian republic such as Sukarno and Suharto. He gives a good overview of the early Hindus civilizations, the Majapahit kingdom, The arrival of the Portuguese and the Dutch, and the emergence of the Indonesian state. On the pretext that a Marxist plot the 30th September Movement was imminent, the organized extirpation of communists or suspected leftists and their fellow trade union travelers began in Java in October 1965.
Early on, I was attracted to the religious history of Indonesia. Indonesia, a vast archipelago in Southeast Asia, spanning from Sabang to Merauke, has a lot of stories to tell. While in reality, they obtain the majority of their territories by force and in some instances even only claim them without ever setting foot on the land. It is a land of incredible diversity and unending paradoxes that has a long and rich history stretching back a thousand years and more. From my experiences there, I have been fascinated with the largest nation in Southeast Asia ever since.
History of Modern Indonesia by Vickers or the one by Ricklefs , the less new things you'll learn. But I suspect the historical foundation in this book will go a long way to making sense of current analyses of those topics when I get to them. There are a few sweeping statements where I'm not sure whether they are substantiated or not as well. The pieces touch on a raft of issues, such as backpacker culture, overtourism, press trips and ecotourism and are an interesting and at times very funny page turner. Thus this book is perfect for me, and it taught me a handful of lessons such as.
I'd say it was good and worth a read, but it wasn't a page turner that you couldn't put down. And these misconceptions of history sums up how historical accounts are being perceived in Indonesia. It recounts the colorful visits of foreign travelers who have passed through these shores for many centuries—from Chinese Buddhist pilgrims and Dutch adventurers to English sea captains and American movie stars. And it didn't last long. The catastrophic tsunami of December 2004 was as a further harbinger of change, with President Yudhoyono and Aceh separatists ending the threat of more conflict to help rebuild the devastated province. This fascinating history book tells the story of Indonesia as a narrative of kings, traders, missionaries, soldiers and revolutionaries, featuring stormy sea crossings, fiery volcanoes, and the occasional tiger. This fascinating history book tells the story of Indonesia as a narrative of kings, traders, missionaries, soldiers and revolutionaries, featuring rough sea crossings, fiery volcanoes, and the occasional tiger.
But the 'why' is not that clear, especially when in olden textbooks we don't really know about what the enlightenment was about since we only see history from the perspective of Indonesia. History lives everywhere, naturally, but in Indonesia it seems particularly colourful and brims in the present. Other regional political events were also a factor. There are just too many cultures, too many variables, that even the mighty Majapahit never really got things under control for more than 1 or 2 generation back then the port cities and Majaphit's vassals were all just lining up for the kingdom to die so that they can feast on the corpses, so to speak. The economy is flourishing and corruption is being weeded out although slower than most people would like. Every chapter in this book is worth at least another few books on its own.