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By Colin Brown

ISBN-10: 1865088382

ISBN-13: 9781865088389

This succinct paintings of background charts the expansion of Indonesia, a awesome kingdom of greater than 6,000 inhabited islands. With lucid originality, the textual content comprises greater than 2 million years of heritage with intensity and brevity-particularly targeting Indonesia's improvement right into a microcosm of a multi-ethnic smooth international. Many present matters are perceptively addressed, comparable to the legacy of European-Asian alternate, Dutch colonialism, and the emergence of what has develop into the biggest Muslim inhabitants on this planet.

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Indonesian ships, especially those of the Javanese, were by the global standards of the day also substantial: the Portuguese, when they first arrived early in the sixteenth century, routinely remarked on the size of the vessels they encountered. Ships of 500 or more tonnes, sometimes built in the Pegu region of Burma but more often in the north coast ports of Java, including Jepara and Rembang, were particularly useful in the rice trade, characterised as it was by the need to transport large quantities of a commodity whose value was small relative to its volume.

But other foreign traders were here as well: notably the strongest European competitors of the Dutch, the English. The ruler of Banten himself was not particularly keen on having the Dutch set up a large-scale and potentially permanent enterprise here, being concerned—with considerable justification— 41 A Short History of Indonesia at the impact that the Anglo-Dutch rivalry would have on his state. The Dutch thus decided to look for a new site, in roughly the same region, but one over which they would be able to exercise greater control.

The Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian (Fa Hsien) passed along this route in 414 on his return to China after spending some years in India studying Buddhism and collecting Buddhist texts. A number of small states grew up in the region, seeking to participate in the seaborne trade by offering services ranging from supplying ships with food and water to protection from raids by pirates—though often they were the pirates themselves. Many of the goods that moved along this trade route were those that had earlier travelled overland—with one very important difference.

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