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Who Appears in the Family Album? Writing the History of Indonesia's Revolutionary Struggle

Jane Monnig Atkinson

in Cultural Citizenship in Island Southeast Asia

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780520227477
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935693 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227477.003.0005
Who Appears in the Family Album? Writing the History of Indonesia's Revolutionary Struggle

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On the study of eastern central Sulawesi, Indonesia, this chapter contrasts the perspectives of two histories, one written from the viewpoint of the metropolitan center of Java and the other from the viewpoint of a pagan upland group in the hinterlands. The latter is an oral history collected from Wana farmers; the former was collected by Indonesian-government-sponsored historians by means of interviews with the regional political elite. Both histories focus on events that occurred in the wake of the Japanese invasion of central Sulawesi. The first concerns a millenarian movement, and the government history concerns the struggles of national liberation that shaped the transition from the Dutch colonial regime to the independent nation of the Republic of Indonesia.

Keywords: Sulawesi; Indonesia; metropolitan center; Wana farmers; Japanese invasion; Dutch colonial regime; government history; oral history

Chapter.  11610 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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