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Engineers of Happy Land: Technology and Nationalism in a Colony (Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History) Paperback – March 24, 2002


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  • Series: Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691091625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691091624
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thought-provoking study. . . . Recommended reading for anyone who studie this period of Indonesian history."--Tineke Hellwig, Pacific Affairs

"As no other book has done, this one conveys the feel and flavor of modernity as it took root in the early twentieth-century Indonesia."--James R. Rush, American Historical Review

"A striking and deeply engaging historical study. . . . In tracing this history, Rudolf Mrazek takes the reader on a journey, sometimes strange, through the jungles, laboratories, houses, trains, and latrines of late-colonial life. He also brings to life a cast of historical characters . . . who used everything from toilets to airplanes as tools for articulating and reflecting upon what it meant to be modern in the Indies. . . . Mraze develops his theoretical insights with a light hand through the telling of an original history that takes surprising and quirky turns."--Joshua Barker, Technology and Culture

Engineers of Happy Land: Technology and Nationalism in a Colony is a wonderfully moody book. Moody, because it aims at capturing the aura of the Dutch East Indies in the last seventy-five years of colonial rule almost as much as it attempts to tell a critical, historical story. Wonderful, because it succeeds at this project better than any other book that I have read about this particular time and place. One feels as if time travel has been accomplished by the time that the last page is reached. . . . We do not so much analyze the world of this Dutch colony from the nineteenth century into the early twentieth century as we live in it for three hundred pages. . . . It really should be read by anyone who cares about Indonesia."--Eric Tagliacozzo, Journal of Asian Studies

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"This book is both analytically daring and historically informative. I know of no work of colonial history, for Southeast Asia or elsewhere, that is comparable in its scope or power to illuminate--not to mention the zest and wit it brings to a potentially dry topic. There a many intriguing insights, startling images, and profound interpretations."--Mary Margaret Steedly, Harvard University

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ewa arsuka on March 7, 2006
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Some experts call Walter Benjamin's 1000-plus page magnum opus The Arcades Project (Cambridge: Belknap/Harvard 1999) quite simply one of the greatest 20th century efforts to comprehend "History". Some even call this thick tome the greatest endeavour of all studies into one of the most fundamental perceptions in 2500 years of world development: a perception arising from awareness of the way the relationship between limited humanity and unlimited time dictates human life.

Inspired by various sources, particularly Marcel Proust and Martin Heidegger, Mrázek does something nearly similar to Benjamin. Mrázek, an expert on modern Southeast Asian history who was born in the Czech Republic and later moved to America, achieves it in this book.

The Arcades Project excavated bits of debris and `re-built' vanished 19th century Paris - then the world capital - and in so doing , offered fragments of dreams (with its interpretations) of a continent, an era. Mrázek examines Indonesia at the end of Dutch colonial rule, and from this offers an exciting alternative in studying nation, identity and culture in the 20th century. If The Arcades Project - sabotaged as it was by World War II - appeared more like a vast montage or commentary on a number of books than a whole book in itself, Engineers of Happy Land is a book that had enough time to become a fine composition, with a structure and a form of writing that appear deeply considered.

Mrázek organizes the book into six large chapters. The first, titled "Language as Asphalt" is about the technology of moving and expansion, movement and speed. The second chapter is titled "Towers", marking nicely the change of subject from constructions spread out horizontally to constructions erected vertically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2010
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I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first. It took a "unique" point of view towards prisons and concentration camps. However, the more I read, the more I saw that Mrazek actually had an ingenious point. One of his chapters highlights how concentration camps in Czechoslovakia and Indonesia actually inadvertently pooled many of those nations' best and brightest peoples, allowing them access to the best doctors and educators. I won't reveal too much more, except to say that this book really challenges you to think daringly about colonialism and power relationships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. Belfield on August 23, 2010
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I have been at work reading 'Engineers of Happy Land' over the last few days and I could not agree more with ewa arsuka's very well written review. History and culture are movable over time and space. This is a topic also addressed by Kusno and Stoler. I also highly recommend Abindin Kusno's book The Appearances of Memory: Mnemonic Practices of Architecture and Urban Form in Indonesia (Asia-Pacific, Culture, Politics, and Society)and Ann Laura Stoler's Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense
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