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.
It's the little giant of Southeast Asia, with beautiful temples, breathtaking scenery, and a rich culture. But it's also a widely dispersed island nation plagued by poverty, endemic corruption, secessionist movements, and growing religious militancy.
Indonesia examines precolonial periods of the country's development, as well as its independence movement. It discusses the economic collapse of the 1990s and how the resultant civil chaos impacted Indonesia's present political and social problems and its neighbors.
This book also looks at the secessionist movements in West Papua and Aceh and the religious conflict in eastern Indonesia. In addition to current events, the coverage focuses on important individuals, from Javanese nobles to President Sukarno, whom some
considered to be a Japanese collaborator during World War II. This is the book to have for an intriguing and enlightening glance at Indonesia.
• 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
• Gives readers a quick and easy way to become familiar with one of the most important and frequently misunderstood countries in Asia
• Offers readers insights into Indonesia's complex social and political landscape