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Historical Dictionary of Indonesia (Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East) Hardcover – September 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0810849358 ISBN-10: 9780810849358 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East (Book 51)
  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press; Second Edition edition (September 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780810849358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810849358
  • ASIN: 0810849356
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,246,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sophisticated reference tool that will aid the user, of whatever background, to find immediate information about Indonesian history. (Journal of Asian Studies)

Complementing the alphabetically arranged dictionary entries are an eighteen-page list of abbreviations and acronyms, a twenty-four page chronology.... twelve maps prepared especially for this volume, and an extensive, subject-classified bibliography of major writings on Indonesia. (Third World Resources)

Presents its wealth of in-depth researched information in easy-to-look-up alphabetical entries....An all-around excellent easy to use general reference. (Bookwatch)

Entries are concise but thorough and well written, and the book benefits from a number of extra features...The 1,432-item bibliography, complete with its own table of contents, is an invaluable contribution to Indonesian studies. This is an essential reference work for all programs on Southeast Asia and the increasing number of Indonesian scholars. (American Reference Books Annual)

Put together this package constitutes a very comprehensive reference text on Indonesian history, probably the most up to date and thorough account available in the English language. As such it belongs in all types of libraries, not just those with a specialist interest in the archipelago or South East Asia....Libraries with the first edition will want this update. Non-specialist libraries that overlooked the 1992 edition should also give purchase serious consideration. (Reference Reviews)

The Historical Dictionary of Indonesia, penned by two of the field's most important interpreters of Indonesian culture and society, is a welcome addition to reference works on this huge country....the book is a veritable treasure-trove for studying Indonesian history, politics, and society as a whole. (Indonesia)

About the Author

Robert Cribb is Senior Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra and has previously worked in Australia, The Netherlands and Denmark. His research interests focus on Indonesia and include political violence, national identity, and historical geography. He is the author of several books on Indonesia. Audrey Kahin was managing editor of Southeast Asia publications at Cornell and co-editor then editor of the journal Indonesia from 1978 to 1995. She has also written extensively on Indonesia and Southeast Asia and visits the region frequently. Her current research deals with the problem of national integration in Indonesia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sir Charles Panther VINE VOICE on February 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
First of all, many thanks to Scarecrow Press for its Asian Historical Dictionary series. These are fantastic references.
This volume is now eclipsed by the new edition. Haven't yet seen the new edition, but I anticpate many updated and new entries since the 1990-92 work done on this still-useful resource.
This is not to say this book is perfect. For a country as abbrevation- and acronym-dependent as Indonesia is, this abbreviation/acronym list is woefully inadequate. This being said, a comprehensive abbreviation/acronym listing is not practicable as acronym dictionaries available in Indonesia are themselves hundreds of pages long. What is needed is a much more in depth compilation, edited for use primarily by foreign students and scholars.
The map section is also disappointing. For a reference costing as much as this does, the maps should be full-color glossies, better annotated, and more detailed. The best solution would be fold-out maps to best show the detail that is needed to complement such a fine reference.
The dictionary portion is excellent, very well cross-referenced, with thorough entries for each item. The numerous appendices are also superb, with leadership and governmental ministers listings for the colonial period as well as the post-revolution period.
The true gem of this dictionary is the 118-page bibliography, listing other references and bibliographies, works sorted by discipline and subject, as well as important periodicals and journals.
This has been and will continue to be an indispensable part of my Southeast Asia/Indonesia collection. Although overtaken by the new edition, this is an unparalleled reference, an essential tool for the Indonesia student and scholar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Drawing upon their rather impressive expertise, Robert Cribb (Senior Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra) and Audrey Kahin (Managing Editor of Southeast Asia publications at Cornell and editor of the journal "Indonesia" from 1978 to 1995), provide students and non-specialist general readers alike with a comprehensive compilation of people, places and events in the social, political, religious, and economic history of the tropical archipelago that is Indonesia (Asia's third largest country in both population and geography). Now in an updated second edition, Historical Dictionary Of Indonesia pre-sents its wealth of in-depth researched information in easy-to-look-up alphabetical entries, from "adat" (indigenous customary laws) to "Zeven Provincien, mutiny of the" referring to the ill-fated 1933 protest aboard the Dutch naval vessel De Zeven Provincien. Supplements include several maps, lists of common acronyms for easy reference, appendices that list governors and rulers, electoral performance of the parties from 1945 to 1999, and much more. An all-around excellent, easy to use general reference.
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