A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm

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Allen & Unwin, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 266 pages
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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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Review: A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm (A Short History of Asia series)

User Review  - Ajj - Goodreads

A good overview of the politics and history of Bali. It could use another chapter bringing it up to date but provides a lot of useful general information. Read full review

Review: A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm (A Short History of Asia series)

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

Brief but very informative history of Bali from prehistoric to modern times. Balanced and well rounded. Definitely not an academic book, it was actually quite pleasurable to read. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Robert Pringle is a historian, journalist and diplomat with special interest in environmental issues, ethnic minorities and conflict resolution. He spent thirty years in the U.S. Foreign Service, nine of them in Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. He has a doctorate in Southeast Asian History from Cornell University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.

Series Editor Milton Osborne has had an association with the Asian region for over 40 years as an academic, public servant and independent writer. He is the author of eight books on Asian topics, including Southeast Asia: An introductory history, first published in 1979 and now in its eighth edition, and, most recently, The Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future, published in 2000.

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