New in the Short History of Asia series, edited by Milton Osborne, this is a highly accessible, beautifully illustrated short history of Bali from the Bronze Age to the 2002 bombing.
Two million tourists visit Bali every year. Many want to know more about the island, its often turbulent past, and the forces that have shaped its universally appealing culture. This lively and informative concise history is for them, and for others interested in a unique but important province of Indonesia.
A Short History of Bali covers the entire history of this intriguing and mysterious island, from before the Bronze Age to the presidency of Megawati Sukarnoputri and the tragedy of the Kuta bombings on 12 October 2002. It looks at the arrival of Indian culture, early European contact, the role of anthropologists and taste-makers of the 1930s in romanticising the island, and the complex legacies of Dutch control. It tells of the Japanese Occupation, the Indonesian Revolution, the massacres of 1965-66, and the onset of mass tourism under the Soeharto regime. Finally, it looks at recent economic progress, as well as its flip side - environmental problems generated by population growth and massive tourist development. It also draws on Balinese opinion about the meaning of the island's past and its future in the new Indonesian democracy.
A Short History of Bali is an important insight into the complicated and surprising history of one of Asia's most captivating societies.
Robert Pringle is a historian, journalist and diplomat with special interest in environmental issues, ethnic minorities and conflict resolution. He spent thirty years in the U.S. Foreign Service, nine of them in Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. He has a doctorate in Southeast Asian History from Cornell University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
Series Editor Milton Osborne has had an association with the Asian region for over 40 years as an academic, public servant and independent writer. He is the author of eight books on Asian topics, including Southeast Asia: An introductory history, first published in 1979 and now in its eighth edition, and, most recently, The Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future, published in 2000.
Table Of Contents:
Chapter 1: A Snug Little Amphitheatre: The Balinese Setting
Chapter 2: Moonset at Pejeng: A Glimpse of Prehistory
Chapter 3: From Indianisation to the Majapahit Empire (9th to 14th Centuries)
Chapter 4: The Balinese States to the Eve of Dutch Control (17th to 19th Centuries)
Chapter 5: The Dutch Arrive: From First Contact to Final Conquest (1597-1908)
Chapter 6: Pax and Poverty Neerlandica (1908-1942)
Chapter 7: The World Discovers Bali (1902 - 1942)
Chapter 8: Occupation, Revolution and Bloodbath (1942-1966)
Chapter 9: From Dictatorship to Democracy (1966-2002)
Chapter 10: New Challenges, including Terrorism
Chapter 11: Some Closing Thoughts
Guide to Further Reading
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