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The Idea of Indonesia: A History (Paperback)
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The Idea of Indonesia: A History (Paperback)

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Paperback 396 Pages / Published: 17/09/2009
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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. E. Elson, one of the leading figures in the field, seeks to discover the origins of the idea of Indonesia in the mid-nineteenth century and explores its often vexed and troubled trajectory through to the present time. He examines why Indonesia exists, against the odds, as a nation-state, and in what different forms it has existed, seeking to explain the nation's character as it has struggled for unity and purpose. The analysis provides a chronological narrative which examines Indonesian politics, its political elites and their relationship with the Indonesian people.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521121088
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Readers may have different opinions about the degree to which he has satisfyingly dealt with the questions mentioned above, but he has probably succeeded as much as could be imagined given the vast and unwieldy nature of the history that needed to be addressed. ... Elson's book is faithfully chronological ... While many readers may know the story of Indonesia, Elson's commentary takes us to our destination through a route with many thought-provoking diversions.' Journal of Contemporary Asia
"Elson bites off a lot, and there is a lot to digest here: Indonesian historians will refer to this book for years to come.... For my colleagues who want to learn the political history of modern Indonesia, I cannot think of a better guide than R. E. Elson." - History: Review of New Books
"Elson makes an important contribution to understanding how a new Asia emerged from WWII.... Recommended." - Choice

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