Indonesia: A Global Studies Handbook by Florence Lamoureux

By Florence Lamoureux

Indonesia examines precolonial sessions of the country's improvement, in addition to its independence flow. It discusses the commercial cave in of the Nineties and the way the ensuing civil chaos impacted Indonesia's current political and social difficulties and its neighbors.

This ebook additionally appears on the secessionist events in West Papua and Aceh and the non secular clash in jap Indonesia. as well as present occasions, the assurance specializes in very important members, from Javanese nobles to President Sukarno, whom a few

considered to be a eastern collaborator in the course of international struggle II. this can be the e-book to have for an exciting and enlightening look at Indonesia.

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Before his appointment to the Dutch leadership post, Coen had announced to the Seventeen Gentlemen that they could not have trade without war nor war without trade. Under Coen, the Dutch made steady progress in their attempt to set up a spice trade monopoly in the Spice Islands. One of the reasons for their success was that the local populations were in no position to challenge Dutch naval supremacy. Maluku spice growers who had traded on the open market for centuries hated the Dutch monopoly rule and circumvented the VOC by smuggling nutmeg and cloves to non-Dutch buyers.

The surprised Dutch forces began to fire but not before the Balinese used their swords to commit suicide. The palace was destroyed, and the royal family and many members of the court died. The ritual suicide committed by the court is referred to by the Balinese term puputan, meaning end or finalizing. In 1908 another Dutch military action prompted a puputan in which the Raja of Klungkung died with his court. The death of this raja—the Dewa Agung—and his court marked not only the end of Balinese resistance to the Dutch but the end of the era of rule by Hindu kingdoms in Southeast Asia.

The Singasari king, Kertanagara, not only refused but cut the faces of the Chinese emissaries to his country and sent them home disfigured. As a result, the angry Kublai Khan ordered an invasion of Java. However, before Khan’s forces arrived, Kertanagara was assassinated by a rival who then took over the throne. Kertanagara’s son-in-law, anxious to avenge his fatherin-law’s death, joined Khan’s forces, and together they overthrew the usurper. The young prince then turned his loyal forces against Kublai Khan’s army and was successful in driving the Mongol army out of Java.

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