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Reminder of history’s richness and complexity

Early Malay Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and Malay Peninsula Paul Michel Munoz Editions Didier Millet, 2006 pp.392 Paul Munoz is a Frenchman with more than 20 years experience of living in Singapore, from which base he has pursued his … Continue reading

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New Light Through an Old Window

A new book takes a fresh look at the 1965-66 mass killings in Indonesia. ‘Constructive Bloodbath’ in Indonesia The United States, Britain and the Mass Killings of 1965-66 Author: Nathaniel Mehr, with foreword by Carmel Budiarjo Publisher: Spokesman Books (UK) … Continue reading

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Mind Over Matter

The lives of a selection of Indonesians who have suffered great misfortune and, in many cases, overcome them are profiled in a new publication. Invisible People: Poverty and Empowerment in Indonesia Author: Irfan Kortschak Pub: National Program for Community Empowerment … Continue reading

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Of Lost Cities and Early Kingdoms

Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula by Paul Munoz pub: Didier Millet 2006 In a recent edition of Tempo there was a fascinating article on The Buddhist Civilization by the Batanghari. In case you missed it … Continue reading

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Chaos Theory

The events surrounding the PKI’s attempted coup and the subsequent Suharto-led bloodbath are re-examined. Pretext For Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement & Suharto’s Coup D’Etat in Indonesia Author: John T. Roosa Pub: University of Wisconsin Press According to The … Continue reading

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A Call to Reason

A much more nuanced picture of the world than that suggested by Samuel Huntington in his Clash of Civilizations thesis. A World Without Islam by Graham E. Fuller Pub: Little and Brown, 2010 A very valuable and healthy exercise is … Continue reading

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Top academic supported militarism

History in Uniform: Military Ideology and the Construction of Indonesia’s Past (Southeast Asia Publications Series) Katherine McGregor National University of Singapore Press 2007 An Australian academic’s book about Indonesia’s military reveals the alleged role of a leading academic and university … Continue reading

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