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Verandah of Violence: The Background to the Aceh Problem


NUS Press and University of Washington Press (First printing, 2006)
456 pages including Bibliography and Index


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Verandah of Violence: The Background to the Aceh Problem offers a guide to the complexities of modern Aceh as it moves toward peace and reconstruction, with a balanced coverage by leading authorities, historians and political scientists as well as journalists, which probes the underlying causes of the conflict that has pitted Aceh against Jakarta. It shows why the Acehnese entered the Indonesian republic in 1945 with an unparalleled determination to resist outside domination, and how these attitudes have shaped Aceh’s relations with the Indonesian state.

In Indonesia’s westernmost province of Aceh, the democratisation process that began in Indonesia in 1998 encouraged the overt expression of regionalist sentiment and resentment of the military. The surprising extent of both made Aceh, home to a long-standing independence movement, the next potential candidate after East Timor to break away from Indonesia, and led to harsh repressive measures by the military. The tsunami of December 2004 brought incalculable destruction and loss to Aceh, which was at the epicentre of the disaster. At the same time, it brought international sympathy and aid on an unprecedented scale, along with new pressures for peace. In August 2005 Indonesia and Aceh signed a peace agreement designed to put an end to the conflict between the two sides.

Maps and Illustrations
In Memoriam
Spelling and Usage
Glossary and Abbreviations
Chronology of Events

1. Introduction
Anthony Reid

2. Indian and Indonesian Elements in Early North Sumatra
E. Edwards McKinnon

3. Aceh in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: “Serambi Mekkah” and Identity
Peter G. Riddell

4. The Pre-modern Sultanate’s View of its Place in the World
Anthony Reid

5. Aceh at the Time of the 1824 Treaty
Lee Kam Hing

6. Colonial Transformation: A Bitter Legacy
Anthony Reid

7. Aceh and the Holy War (Prang Sabil)
Teuku Ibrahim Alfian

8. From Autonomy to Periphery: A Critical Evaluation of the Acehnese Nationalist Movement
M. Isa Sulaiman

9. Violence and Identity Formation in Aceh under Indonesian Rule
Edward Aspinall

10. Sentiments Made Visible: The Rise and Reason of Ache’s national Liberation Movement
William Nessen

11. Military Business in Aceh
Damien Kingsbury and Lesley McCulloch

12. Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency: Strategy and the Aceh Conflict, October 1976—May 2004
Kirsten E. Schulze

13. Democratisation, the Indonesian Armed Forces and the Resolving of the Aceh Conflict
Aleksius Jemadu

14. What’s Special about Special Autonomy in Aceh?
Michelle Ann Miller

15. Local Leadership and the Aceh Conflict
Rodd McGibbon


Weight0.620 kg
Dimensions22.9 × 15.2 × 1 cm

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