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Author Steedly, Mary Margaret, 1946-2018, author

Title Rifle Reports : a Story of Indonesian Independence / Mary Margaret Steedly
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (417 pages)
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Technical Notes; Introduction: The Outskirts of the Nation; 1 The Golden Bridge; 2 Buried Guns; 3 Imagining Independence; 4 Eager Girls; 5 Sea of Fire; 6 Letting Loose the Water Buffaloes; 7 The Memory Artist; Conclusion: The Sense of an Ending; Appendix 1: List of Informants; Appendix 2: Glossary and Abbreviations; Appendix 3: Time Line; Notes; References; Index of Cited Informants; General Index
Summary 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." Rifle Reports 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Karo-Batak (Indonesian people) -- History.
Indonesia -- History -- Revolution, 1945-1949 -- Personal narratives, Indonesian
Sumatera Utara (Indonesia) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Personal narratives
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520274865 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
0520274873 (paperback;) (alk. paper)
0520955285 (electronic bk.)
9780520274860 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
9780520274877 (paperback;) (alk. paper)
9780520955288 (electronic bk.)