Indonesia : peoples and histories

  • New Haven : Yale University Press c2003
Physical description
1 online resource (448 p.)
  • 9786611729981
  • 1-281-72998-1
  • 0-300-12808-8
  • Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-411) and index.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Original electronic resource Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary,
  • English
  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
  • Ebrary eBook
  • Print version record.
  • Early beginnings -- Communities and kingdoms -- Sultans and states -- Monarchs, mentors, and mobile men -- Newcomers in the Muslim circle -- Inside Indonesian sultanates -- New and old states -- Maps and mentality -- Many kingdoms, one colony -- Breaking dependence on foreign powers -- Rearranging map and mind -- Majapahit visions.
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  • Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world. It comprises more than 17,000 islands inhabited by 230 million people who speak over 300 different languages. Now the worlds largest Muslim nation, Indonesia remains extraordinarily heterogeneous due to the waves of immigrationBuddhist, Hindu, Arab, and Europeanthat have defined the regions history.Fifty years after the collapse of Dutch colonial rule, Indonesia is a nation in the midst of dramatic upheaval. In this broad survey, Jean Gelman Taylor explores the connections between the nations many communities, and the differences that propel contemporary breakaway movements.Drawing on a broad range of sources, including art, archaeology, and literature, Taylor provides a historical overview from the prehistoric period to the present day. The text is enlivened by brief capsule histories on topics ranging from pepper to Maharajas to smallpox.This ambitious bookthe first new history of Indonesia written in over twenty yearswill be essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Southeast Asia and the future stability of the region.