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Rifle Reports : a Story of Indonesian Independence

Mary Margaret Steedly (Author)
On August 17, 1945, Indonesia proclaimed its independence from Dutch colonial rule. Five years later, the Republic of Indonesia was recognized as a unified, sovereign state. The period in between was a time of aspiration, mobilization, and violence, in which nationalists fought to expel the Dutch while also trying to come to grips with the meaning of "independence." This book is an ethnographic history of this extraordinary time as it was experienced on the outskirts of the nation among Karo Batak villagers in the rural highlands of North Sumatra. Based on extensive interviews and conversations with Karo veterans, the book interweaves personal and family memories, songs and stories, memoirs and local histories, photographs and monuments, to trace the variously tangled and perhaps incompletely understood ways that Karo women and men contributed to the founding of the Indonesian nation
eBook, English, 2013
University of California Press, Berkeley, 2013
1 online resource (417 pages)
9780520955288, 9780520274860, 9780520274877, 0520955285, 0520274865, 0520274873
Introduction : The Outskirts of the Nation
The Golden Bridge
Buried Guns
Imagining Independence
Eager Girls
Sea of Fire
Letting Loose the Water Buffaloes
The Memory Artist
Conclusion : The Sense of an Ending
Appendix 1 : List of Informants
Appendix 2 : Glossary and Abbreviations
Appendix 3 : Time Line