The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali

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Cornell University Press, 1995 - History - 341 pages
"The Dark Side of Paradise is an effective attempt to put the politics back into Bali's twentieth-century history. With a sure mastery of both Indonesian and Dutch sources, Robinson analyzes the class tensions between aristocrats and commoners during the late colonial period."—Times Literary Supplement"Robinson's work reaches beyond history, amply illustrating the possibilities of what might be termed a 'comparative historical sociology' approach."—Indonesia"Robinson's incisive, well-written work demolishes the fiction of the 'peaceful Balinese' that pervades academic and popular literature, and, for the first time, places modern political history directly into the middle of Balinese scholarship."—Choice"This is a brilliant book that must be read by anybody interested in modern Indonesia."—Journal of the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology
 

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Contents

An Overview
1
Colonial Policy and Political Relations in Bali
19
Balis Colonial Economy
52
The Japanese Occupation
70
Anarchy Prevails
95
The Ideology of Tradition
129
Bali in the National Revolution
147
The Struggle for the State 19501965
181
Guns and Gangs
218
A Political Economy of Violence
235
The Massacre 2 73
273
Myth and Reality in Bali
304
Bibliography 3
315
Index
333
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Geoffrey Robinson is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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