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Verandah of Violence

The Background to the Aceh Problem

Edited by Anthony Reid
In Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh, the democratization process that began in Indonesia in 1998 encouraged the overt expression of regionalist sentiment and resentment of the military. The surprising extent of both feelings 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. 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.

This book offers a guide to the complexities of modern Aceh, a land dubbed "The Verandah of Mecca," as it moves toward peace and reconstruction. With balanced coverage by leading authorities, historians, political scientists, and journalists, Verandah of Violence probes the underlying causes of the conflict that has pitted Aceh against Jakarta, explaining 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.

About the Author

Anthony Reid is the founding director of the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. A student of Aceh since the 1960s, he is also the author of An Indonesian Frontier: Acehnese and Other Histories of Sumatra. Other contributors include Teuku Ibrahim Alfian, Edward Aspinall, M. Isa Sulaiman, Aleksius Jemadu, Damien Kingsbury, Lee Kam Hing, Leslie McCulloch, Rod McGibbon, E. Edwards McKinnon, Michelle Ann Miller, William Nessen, Peter G. Riddell, and Kirsten Schulze.

Reviews

"There is hardly a better way to respect the memory of those tens of thousands of Acehnese who lost their lives in the tsunami, and in the preceding conflict, than to open their history to the outside world. One wishes to see that this book will be followed by a range of Aceh studies that will also look beyond the conflict and violence and see Acehnese people and their everyday lives."—Journal of Contemporary Asia

"This collection raises important questions of broad interest to policy makers and students of conflict resolution in divided states, as well as specialists in Southeast Asian history and culture."—Journal of Asian Studies

"Balanced, well-researched studies of the Aceh conflict are hard to find. This is one of the many reasons why Verandah of Violence: The Background to the Aceh Problem is sorely needed. Its core strength is the diversity of its 14 authors in terms of their backgrounds, explanations, and even sympathies. . . . [this] is the definitive collection on the Aceh conflict, offering unrivalled depth and breadth."—Pacific Affairs

"This volume is testimony to the intractability of conflicts of this kind throughout the world. Recommended."—Choice

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