This pioneering volume traces the history of the region which became Indonesia, from early times to the present day, in over three hundred specially drawn full-colour maps with detailed accompanying text. In doing so, the Atlas brings fresh life to the fascinating and tangled history of this immense archipelago.
Beginning with the geographical and ecological forces which have shaped the physical form of the archipelago, the Historical Atlas of Indonesia goes on to chart early human migration and the changing distribution of ethnic groups. It traces the kaleidoscopic pattern of states in early Indonesia and their gradual incorporation into the Netherlands Indies and eventually into the Republic of Indonesia.
'One of the most striking things about this work is its vast scope and its multi-focused approach. The author takes a multi-disciplinary approach, supplementing his study of political and social history with fields as disparate as geography, ecological change, ethnicity, language and literacy, religion, urbanisation, population etc. The physical layout of this work is one of its great strengths. The author achieves a good balance between text and maps, with each serving to support the other. The map format is most appealing. The maps are mulit-coloured, with the finest shades of difference and hence detail available in map form using the latest computer technology. The wealth of detail presented by a few maps on a single page is equal to prose which occupies many more pages. enourmus value A veritable mine of information, offering both facts and statistics, as well as the considered interpretation of a skilled scholarly author. This work represents a timely addition to the wealth of scholarly studies.' - Peter G. Riddell, Aseasuk News
'This extensive work is broad in scope. It contains much material not previously presented in cartographic form. The Historical Atlas of Indonesia is a monumental work, representing a great deal of literary research and cartographic effort, for which the author deserves high praise.' - Moussons 4 (Social Science Research of Southeast Asia)
Reviews from 4th edition: 'Baugh has been "essential reading" for our courses for several years. We will henceforward recommend Baugh and Cable 4th edition.' - Malou Van Wijk, Autonoma University Barcelona
'Comprehensive, readable, accessible. An excellent introductory textbook.' - C. Mugglestone, Oxford University
'A scholarly book that is a model of clarity and quite the best history of English obtainable in one volume.' - The Irish Times