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We need more local, family history

  • Adrian Perkasa

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 21, 2018   /  11:42 am
We need more local, family history Bajang Ratu Temple, a relic from Majapahit Kingdom in Trowulan, East Java. (Shutterstock.com/INDONESIAPIX )

Reformasi, with its new freedoms and curiosity about the sheltered past, has naturally raised general interest in history. Many books focus on meluruskan sejarah (rectifying history) from the Hindu-Buddhist period until contemporary times. Titles like Pelurusan Sejarah Indonesia (Indonesian History Rectified), Meluruskan Sejarah Majapahit (Rectifying Majapahit History), Geger Nusantara: Terungkapnya Misteri Gajah Mada dan Terbentuknya Nusantara(Tumult of Nusantara: The mystery of Gajah Mada revealed and The founding of Nusantara) and so forth can be seen in bookstores around Indonesia. The main argument of these books is that many historical facts were obscured by the New Order. Last December, a conference commemorated 60 years of the first Indonesian History Seminar. Unfortunately, only few historians share concern about the development of method...

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