This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Indonesia contains a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 900 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Indonesia.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 724
Weight: 1216 g
Dimensions: 237 x 161 x 57 mm
Edition: Third Edition
As Kahin did in her coauthored second edition, she has again updated this very useful reference work, this time alone. The author's work builds on the first edition, compiled and written solo by Robert Cribb in 1992. The current release updates entries through Indonesia's elections in 2014 when Joko Widodo was elected president, and generally takes a more comprehensive look at the country. As the title makes clear, the dictionary focuses particularly on historical and political issues, and therefore is most useful for scholars working in these fields. On the other hand, the breadth and evenhandedness of the short descriptions help provide context and background to the country's complicated history, making the work helpful to students who are just learning about Indonesia, or journalists who follow the country and region. True mavens of Indonesian politics and history will appreciate the book's maps (more than a dozen), lengthy list of acronyms, and its appendixes covering post-1945 electoral results as well as the main actors in Indonesia's governments, from the Dutch colonial period to the post-independence cabinets of Sukarno, Suharto, and their successors. The concluding nearly 115-page classified bibliography is accompanied by a thoughtful introductory essay.... [The book is] an obligatory purchase for academic and large public libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. * CHOICE *
The extensive Bibliography occupying over 100 pages lists in excess of 1,500 books and articles, nearly all of them in English. It is probably one of the most significant English language bibliographies on Indonesia and is an important reference source in its own right.... I would recommend all libraries where Indonesia is the subject of study or research to acquire this new version. More general libraries looking for a good reference work on Indonesia should also consider purchase....It is certainly a country which merits greater study and understanding, a purpose for which this book, one of Rowman and Littlefield's top division historical dictionaries, is an ideal starting point and companion. * s *