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SAVU: History And Oral Tradition On An Island Of Indonesia (Hardback)
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SAVU: History And Oral Tradition On An Island Of Indonesia (Hardback)

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Hardback 720 Pages / Published: 30/01/2019
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The book focuses on the historical trajectories of Savu, an island in the Nusa Tenggara Timur province, eastern Indonesia. It blends historical and anthropological methods, using oral tradition, ethnographicobservations, and archival collections. While Savu is a relatively small island, it has gained a wider regional importance.

The text discusses the pre-colonial period up to the 16th century, based on the unusually strong and detailed genealogical tradition, and explains how the various domains emerged on the island. Next it is shown how the early-colonial encounters with the Portuguese and Dutch (VOC) changed the system of governance, how the colonial suzerains functioned as mediators, and how the Savunese provided decisive military support for the Dutch sphere in the Timor region. In the 19th century the Savunese embarked on minor colonial enterprises in Timor and Sumba, and were still largely autonomous vis-a?- vis the colonial state. Protestant missionaries gained foothold after 1870, though Christianization was a slow process. Colonial rule via a Dutchappointed raja was introduced in the early 20th century. The textfollows the fate of Savu during the struggle for independence and the postcolonial era, discussing the dilemmas of modernization and the resilience of the unique local culture.

Publisher: NUS Press
ISBN: 9789814722759
Number of pages: 720
Dimensions: 229 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Genevieve Duggan's intimate knowledge of the genealogies and the social structure of the Savu domains in eastern Indonesia, combined with Hans Hagerdal's close reading of the contemporary VOC archival documents, has resulted in an impressive detailed study of Savu society and history from early times to the present." - Leonard Y. Andaya

"Essential reading for all scholars studying Austronesian societies." - Journal of Asian Studies

"This book will interest ethnographers and historians of Indonesian societies, and anyone concerned with social memory. It makes a valuable contribution to the comparative study of Austronesian societies, with its vivid portrait of a society whose culture so uniquely expresses certain shared Austronesian themes." - The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

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