Three new books on Indonesian politics

John Monfries on titles from Greg Barton, Damien Kingsbury and Kevin O'Rourke
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December 2002-January 2003, no. 247

Three new books on Indonesian politics

John Monfries on titles from Greg Barton, Damien Kingsbury and Kevin O'Rourke
by
December 2002-January 2003, no. 247

Have the Bali Bombings completely changed our view of Indonesia? Although obviously not designed to do so, these three books provide necessary background on how such an atrocity might be possible in the near-anarchic circumstances of that country. They also give a wide-ranging and informative picture of the present state of Indonesia in all its chaos and uncertainty. They make sobering reading, as if Indonesian politics is a mixture of Shakespearean tragedy, Javanese shadow play and gangster drama: Hamlet, Semar and The Godfather.

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