The Phantom World of Digul: Policing as Politics in Colonial Indonesia, 1926-1941
by Takashi Shiraishi
How did the government deploy political policing to achieve its policy objectives? What were the consequences and challenges for Indonesian activists? How was the government able to fashion its policing apparatus as the most potent instrument to achieve peace and order when the Great Depression hit the Indies, nationalist and communist forces were gaining strength in other places of the world and war was coming both in Europe and Asia? This long-awaited sequel to the author's acclaimed An Age in Motion: Popular Radicalism in Java, 1912-1926, attempts to answer these questions.
“A life-long project comes to its magnificent culmination with Shiraishi’s new book, a worthy sequel to his Age in Motion.” - Rudolf Mrázek, author of Engineers of Happy Land.
"The book should take a place as the preeminent history of Indonesia during that period and contributes substantially to our overall understandings of the development of Indonesia in the formative era. - Howard M. Federspiel, Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University.
Publication Year: 2021
Takashi Shiraishi has taught at Tokyo University, Cornell University, Kyoto University, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). In 2007, he was awarded the Japanese Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon for his contributions to academic developments and accomplishments. He currently serves as Chancellor at the Prefectural University of Kumamoto.
372 pp || 229 x 152 mm
9 b/w images
Kyoto CSEAS Series on Asian Studies
NUS Press & Kyoto University Press