School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

The History of Modern IndonesiaWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101404.3


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Steven Drakeley

Equivalent Units
B3283 - Modern Indonesia

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 40 credit points at Level 1

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
This unit surveys the history of Indonesia, Australia's nearest and most important Asian neighbour. Commencing with the coming of Islam to Indonesia in the twelfth century it concludes with the overthrow of Soeharto in 1998, but the focus is primarily on the C20th. The unit looks briefly at the Islamic and Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms, the colonial period, the nationalist struggle, the Japanese occupation and in more detail the first fifty years of independence. Indonesia's rich heritage of trade, culture, religions, and ethnicities are all dealt with. The unit also examines historiographical problems for the study of Indonesian history and seeks to identify historical patterns.


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