A History of Modern Indonesia since c. 1300 by M. C. Ricklefs

By M. C. Ricklefs

This ebook is a complete introductory textual content at the historical past of Indonesia because the arrival of Islam ca.1300 to the current day. a necessary narrative of political historical past is equipped including information of social, cultural and fiscal affairs. Emphasis is given to the historical past of the Indonesian humans themselves opposed to the historical past of the formation of the Indonesian state via an amalgamation of various yet similar ethnic groups. the total interval because the coming of Islam is surveyed with specific realization to significant affects corresponding to: the unfold of Islam; cultural traditions; Dutch colonisation; Islamic revivalism; anti-colonialism and independence. This ebook will support the intense learn of the earlier and current of a nation that's the main populous of Southeast Asia and of the Islamic international, a tremendous oil manufacturer and but one of many poorest international locations on the earth. during this, the second one variation, Professor Ricklefs comprises additional historiography and suitable proof because the book's first booklet in 1981, bringing his heritage of Indonesia thoroughly up to date.

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Jayakerta was ruled by a Muslim prince named Pangeran Wijayakrama, who was a vassal of Banten. There were tensions between Jayakerta and Banten, in which both the Dutch and English now got involved. In December 1618, Banten decided to deal with Jayakerta and the VOC. The English Admiral Thomas Dale was encouraged to go there to expel the Dutch. In the harbour he encountered Coen with a small fleet and compelled him to retire. Coen sailed to Maluku to collect a larger fleet while Dale and Wijayakrama jointly besieged the VOC fortress.

Upon his death the elite of Aceh asserted their influence and self-interest and prevented the emergence of another powerful ruler in Aceh until the nineteenth century. They placed Iskandar Thani's widow (Iskandar Muda's daughter) on the throne as queen Taj ul-Alam (r. 1641-75), and came to an agreement with johor 36 A HISTORY OF MODERN INDONESIA SINCE c. 1300 that henceforth each would mind its own business. Johor now entered its period of greatest influence and prosperity, for in 1641 not only was the Acehnese threat definitively removed, butJohor and the VOC also expelled the Portuguese from Malacca.

To prevent a recurrence of such centralised tyranny, they sought an opportunity to restrict royal power. Iskandar Muda had his own son killed and named as his successor Iskandar Thani Alauddin Mughayat Syah (r. 1636-41), a son of Sultan Ahmad of Pahang. He had been brought to Aceh with his father in 1617 and had thereafter become son-in-law to Iskandar Muda. In his reign the aggressive campaigns were no more and the court was most noted as a centre of Islamic learning (see Chapter 5). Iskandar Thani appears to have been a worthy ruler, but his reign was short.

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