An Indonesian Frontier: Acehnese and Other Histories of Sumatra

TitleAn Indonesian Frontier: Acehnese and Other Histories of Sumatra
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsReid, Anthony
Number of Pages280
PublisherSingapore University Press
CitySingapore
Abstract

Sumatra is a vast and understudied island with a population of 43 million people divided into a variety of ethnic groups. Sumatra's rich resources of land and minerals, and its enterprising people, have made it the prosperous frontier of the Archipelago. But the island's people, most of whom were stateless highlanders until the 20th century, were politically united only by the rule of Dutch Batavia and Indonesian Jakarta. Sumatrans have a tradition of defying central authority, and the Acehnese are once again, as in Dutch times, kept in the nation only by force. This book is the fruit of 40 years' study of Sumatran history, from the 16th century to the present by historian Anthony Reid. While seeking patterns of coherence in this vast island, it focuses on Aceh, which has both the most illustrious past and the most troubled present of any Sumatran region.

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