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Indonesia : a global studies handbook
Lamoureux, Florence.
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2003]

Physical Description:
xviii, 251 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Part 1: Narrative section -- Chapter 1: Indonesia's geography and history -- Chapter 2: Indonesia's economy -- Chapter 3: Indonesian institutions -- Chapter 4: Indonesian society and contemporary issues -- Part 2: Reference materials.

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A one-stop source for essential information on the history, geography, politics, religion, economy, and culture of the fourth-most-populous country in the world.

* Entries cover the history, economics, politics, culture, and geography of Indonesia

* An annotated chronology describes key events in Indonesia, from the 5th century to the present

Author Notes

Florence Lamoureux is the associate director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This handbook, part of a series on different countries and regions in Asia, follows a standard format that covers most aspects of Indonesia's society, history, and culture in a user-friendly way. The history, politics, and economics sections are quite up-to-date and evenhanded in their analysis of the Sukarno, New Order, and post-Suharto periods. The handbook also makes a concerted effort to explain some of the more contentious issues in Indonesia's recent history, including the events of October 1965, the invasion and occupation of East Timor in the 1970s, the 1997 economic crisis, and the fall of Suharto's New Order government in 1998. Each chapter includes a relevant bibliography and Web sites. The book concludes with a useful time line; a guide to significant people, places, and events; and an introduction to the Indonesian language and cultural mores. Although upper-division undergraduates will probably find the book too much of an overview, less knowledgeable readers will most likely appreciate this introduction to the complexities of one of the world's most populous countries. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public libraries and high school and lower-division undergraduate collections. S. Maxim University of California, Berkeley

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acronymsp. xv
Mapsp. xvii
Part 1 Narrative Sectionp. 1
1 Indonesia's Geography and Historyp. 3
Physical Geographyp. 3
Wallace's Linep. 4
Volcanoesp. 4
Climate and Agriculturep. 5
Human Geographyp. 7
Historyp. 9
Prehistoryp. 9
India's Influence and the Srivijaya Empirep. 9
The Sailendra Empire and Borobudurp. 11
Sanjaya Kingdom and Prambananp. 12
Kediri and Singasari Empiresp. 13
Golden Age: The Majapahit Empirep. 14
Muslim Traders and the Mataram Empirep. 14
The European Arrivalp. 16
Dutch Spice Monopoly and Colonialismp. 25
Growth of Nationalismp. 30
Independencep. 38
2 Indonesia's Economyp. 55
Historical Influencesp. 55
Postrevolution Changes in Economic Policyp. 60
Sukarno's Attempts to Control a Worsening Economyp. 62
The 1965 Coupp. 64
Economic Recovery and Suhartop. 65
East Timorp. 67
Early Charges of Government Corruptionp. 67
Censorship of the Pressp. 68
Nepotismp. 68
Separatist Movements and Violencep. 69
Acehp. 69
Riaup. 71
Papuap. 72
Malukup. 73
Sulawesip. 75
Kalimantanp. 76
West Timorp. 76
Transmigrationp. 77
Overseas Employmentp. 79
1997 Economic Meltdownp. 79
Issues Suharto's Government Failed to Addressp. 81
Possible Solutionsp. 83
The Judiciaryp. 84
The Wealth of Suharto's Family and Friendsp. 86
After Suhartop. 89
3 Indonesian Institutionsp. 93
Government and Politicsp. 93
Rajas and Sultansp. 93
Early European Influence and Colonial Governmentp. 94
Planning for an Independent Nationp. 95
The Government of the Young Republic of Indonesiap. 97
The Role of the Communist Partyp. 101
The Role of the Military in Politicsp. 102
Suharto's "New Order"p. 104
Governments since 1998p. 107
Structure of Government in Indonesia Todayp. 110
The Politics of the Separatist Movementsp. 113
Terrorism and 9/11p. 114
Religionp. 115
Islamp. 115
Christianityp. 122
Hinduism and Buddhismp. 123
Educationp. 123
Government/Public Schoolsp. 123
Early Educational Institutionsp. 124
Pesantrenp. 126
Madrashp. 127
Christian Schoolsp. 127
4 Indonesian Society and Contemporary Issuesp. 129
The Familyp. 129
Family Planningp. 130
Womenp. 131
The Villagep. 135
Village Work away from the Rice Fieldsp. 136
The Village Marketp. 137
The Cityp. 138
Use of Illegal Drugsp. 140
Anti-Chinese Sentimentp. 141
Traditional Arts and Entertainmentp. 141
Batikp. 142
Ikatp. 143
Gamelan Instrumentsp. 143
Shadow Puppetsp. 144
Wayang Wong and Other Dance Formsp. 147
The Krisp. 148
Paintingp. 148
Popular Culturep. 149
Literaturep. 151
The Peoplep. 152
Javanesep. 152
Sundanesep. 153
Maduresep. 153
Balinesep. 154
Sumatrap. 155
Sulawesip. 156
Flores and Sumbap. 157
Kalimantanp. 157
Papuap. 158
The Environmentp. 159
Indonesia and the Worldp. 162
The Non-Aligned Nationsp. 162
Association of Southeast Asian Nationsp. 163
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperationp. 164
The United Nationsp. 165
Part 2 Reference Materialsp. 169
Key Events in Indonesian Historyp. 171
Significant People, Places, and Eventsp. 177
Indonesian Language, Food, and Etiquettep. 195
Languagep. 195
Malayp. 196
Dialectsp. 196
Outside Influences on Languagep. 197
Foodp. 200
Etiquettep. 204
Use of Your Hands and Feetp. 204
Clothingp. 204
Attitudep. 205
Being a Proper Guestp. 205
Bargainingp. 206
Indonesia-Related Organizationsp. 207
Business and Economicp. 207
Culture/Education/Exchangep. 209
Governmentp. 216
Tourism: Print and Internet Resourcesp. 219
Tourism Guidesp. 219
Tourism Websitesp. 219
Annotated Bibliography of Recommended Readings on Indonesiap. 221
Indonesian Geography and Historyp. 222
Books and Periodicalsp. 222
Websitesp. 223
Indonesian Economyp. 224
Booksp. 224
Speeches and Talksp. 224
Websitesp. 225
Indonesian Institutionsp. 225
Booksp. 225
Websitesp. 226
Indonesian Society and Contemporary Issuesp. 227
Books and Periodicalsp. 227
Websitesp. 228
Indexp. 229
About the Authorp. 251