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March 8, 2019

Geoffrey Robinson’s The Killing Season is one of the most-awaited books by the Southeast Asian studies community in 2018. The 456-page monograph explores in great detail the anti-communist massacres of Indonesia in 1965-66 and the long-term repercussions in the followi...

September 22, 2018

印尼有句俗语叫“katak di bawah tempurung”,字面意思是“椰壳碗下的青蛙”。顾名思义,青蛙蜷缩在椰子壳下面,以为碗里的世界就是整个宇宙。这个短语常被用来形容目光短浅、因循守旧却又自以为是的人,与中文成语“井底之蛙”有异曲同工之妙。

April 10, 2018

东南亚范围很大,我试着说说我熟悉的荷属东印度群岛(印尼)。简单概括,印尼独立运动在二战前便已经存在,但是日本的入侵打破了荷兰的殖民统治,短短三年日占使得印尼迅速军事化。特别在后期,日本在大势已去的情况下向印尼许诺独立并给民兵分发了大量武器,客观上对二战后独立运动的兴起起到了催化作用。

April 1, 2018

Many historians consider the 1926/27 PKI Uprisings as important precursors of Indonesia’s nationalist movement, which ultimately led to the country’s independence. When it comes to the actual course of events, however, existing narratives tend to describe the abortive...

March 10, 2018

广义的马来群岛可理解成整个海岛东南亚地区,包括今天的印尼、马来西亚、菲律宾、文莱以及东帝汶,在历史上的确未曾出现过疆域涵盖整个区域的“国家”。但正如其他回答里所提到的,马来群岛的确出现过室利佛逝、满者伯夷、马六甲、渤泥、苏禄这样的古代王朝,强盛一时,但完全达不到“大一统”的程度,顶多是海上王国(室利佛逝、满者伯夷等)占据沿海地区,农耕王国(如夏连特拉)占据内陆多些。

March 7, 2018

Britain’s loss of its Southeast Asian colonies during World War Two (WWII), especially the fall of Malaya and Singapore, is a relatively well-studied topic. While existing scholarship has covered the military failure in great detail, researchers have not paid equal att...

February 22, 2018

This panel seeks out global perspectives on the history of the early communist movements in the Malay world, encompassing Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Following the 1917 Russian revolutions, this region witnessed the emergence of modern, popular, and radical ant...

November 11, 2017

The Asian Arc of the Russian Revolution: Setting the East Ablaze? is a joint conference organised by Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), and generously funded by a grant from both institutions. The conference will be he...

September 20, 2017

Hosted by the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University from 21-22 September 2017, the Transnational Leftism: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions workshop, with twenty-two established and emerging scholars, will illumin...

August 1, 2017

In spite of the early efforts of the native Indonesian communists (PKI) in expanding their organization in British Malaya, it was their Chinese counterparts (CCP) who eventually established the South Seas Communist Party (SSCP) in 1925 under the tutelage of the Communi...

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