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In northern Sumatra, as in Malaya, colonial rule embraced an extravagant array of sultans, rajas, datuks and ulèëbalangs. In Malaya the traditional Malay elite served as a barrier to revolutionary change and survived the transition to independence, but in Sumatra a wave of violence and killing wiped out the traditional elite in 1945‒46. Anthony Reid’s The Blood of the People, now available in a new edition, explores the circumstances of Sumatra’s sharp break with the past during what has been labelled its “social revolution”. The events in northern Sumatra were among the most dramatic episodes of Indonesia’s national revolution, and brought about more profound changes even than in Java, from where the revolution is normally viewed. Some ethnic groups saw the revolution as a popular, peasant-supported movement that liberated them from foreign rule. Others, though, felt victimised by a radical, levelling agenda imposed by outsiders. Java, with a relatively homogeneous population, passed through the revolution without significant social change. The ethnic complexity of Sumatra, in contrast, meant that the revolution demanded an altogether new “Indonesian” identity to override the competing ethnic categories of the past.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. List of Tables and Maps
  2. p. xii
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  1. List of Plates
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiv-xvi
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  1. Preface to the Second Edition
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Glossary and Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xxvi
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  1. Chapter I: Patterns of Kingship
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter II: Dutch-Occupied Aceh
  2. pp. 7-39
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  1. Chapter III: The Ethnic Web of East Sumatra
  2. pp. 40-88
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  1. Chapter IV: 1942: The Hands Declared
  2. pp. 89-109
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  1. Chapter V: The Japanese Experience
  2. pp. 110-155
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  1. Chapter VI: The Agents of Revolution in East Sumatra
  2. pp. 156-193
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  1. Chapter VII: Eclipse of the Ulèëbalang
  2. pp. 194-227
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  1. Chapter VIII: “Social Revolution”
  2. pp. 228-263
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  1. Chapter IX: Princes, Politicians, and Peasants
  2. pp. 264-277
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 278-280
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-301
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  1. Images
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789971696580
Print ISBN
9789971696375
MARC Record
OCLC
880354814
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-21
Language
English
Open Access
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