A History of Modern Indonesia

Author(s): Adrian Vickers


Although Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world, its history is still relatively unfamiliar and understudied. Adrian Vickers takes the reader on a journey across the social and political landscape of modern Indonesia, starting with the country's origins under the Dutch in the early twentieth century, and the subsequent anti-colonial revolution which led to independence in 1949. Thereafter the spotlight is on the 1950s, a crucial period in the formation of Indonesia as a new nation, which was followed by the Sukarno years, and the anti-Communist massacres of the 1960s when General Suharto took over as president. The concluding chapters chart the fall of Suharto's New Order after thirty two years in power, and the subsequent political and religious turmoil which culminated in the Bali bombings in 2002. Drawing on insights from literature, art and anthropology, Vickers portrays a complex and resilient people struggling out of a troubled past.

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'Vickers's Modern Indonesia is no one-thing-after-the-other textbook. Innovatively framed around the writings of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and invoking the arresting insights of Indonesian novelists and playwrights, it provides a stimulating, fresh understanding of Indonesia's modern, often tragic, trajectory. This is not a book written over the shoulders of nationalist politicians and military officers, but one that evokes the senses, flavours, turmoils and smells of everyday life in that irresistably complicated country.' R. E. Elson, Professor of Southeast Asian history, The University of Queensland

Adrian Vickers is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Wollongong in Australia. He is author of the acclaimed Bali: A Paradise Created (1989) as well as many other scholarly and popular works on Indonesia.

General Fields

  • : 9780521542623
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : 0.507
  • : November 2005
  • : 228mm X 152mm X 19mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Adrian Vickers
  • : Paperback
  • : near fine
  • : 306
  • : 20 b/w illus. 7 maps