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A Short History of Bali : Indonesia's Hindu Realm - Robert Pringle

A Short History of Bali

Indonesia's Hindu Realm

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9781865088631
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

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"I cannot welcome this series warmly enough. It is sure to be a winner--and much needed." --Bill Bryson, author, "In a Sunburned Country" and "A Walk in the Woods"

I cannot welcome this series warmly enough. It is sure to be a winner and much needed. Bill Bryson, author, "In a Sunburned Country" and "A Walk in the Woods"


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



ISBN: 9781865088631
ISBN-10: 1865088633
Series: Short History of Asia
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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