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Brief History of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis: The Incredible Story of Southeast Asia's Largest Nation | Tim Hannigan
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Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis: The Incredible Story of the World's Largest Archipelago Indonesia is by far the largest nation in Southeast Asia and has the fourth largest population in the world after the United States. Indonesian history and culture are especially relevant today as the Island nation is an emerging power in the region with a dynamic new leader. It is a land of incredible diversity and unending paradoxes that has a long and rich history stretching back a thousand years and more. Indonesia is the fabled "Spice Islands" of every school child's dreamsone of the most colorful and fascinating countries in history. These are the islands that Europeans set out on countless voyages of discovery to find and later fought bitterly over in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. This was the land that Christopher Columbus sought, and Magellan actually reached and explored. One tiny Indonesian island was even exchanged for the island of Manhattan in 1667! This fascinating history book tells the story of Indonesia as a narrative of kings, traders, missionaries, soldiers and revolutionaries, featuring stormy sea crossings, fiery volcanoes, and the occasional tiger. It recounts the colorful visits of foreign travelers who have passed through these shores for many centuriesfrom Chinese Buddhist pilgrims and Dutch adventurers to English sea captains and American movie stars. For readers who want an entertaining introduction to Asia's most fascinating country, this is delightful reading.
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Found this on GoodReads. Not sure how brief 300 pages is, but to cover all those topics it might be a short space given to each.

Klou Great!! 1mo
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I enjoyed this audiobook more than I thought I would, though the subtitle is misleading (did I miss the tsunamis?). If you‘re looking for cultural insights, like religious traditions, food, dress, or even things like natural disasters that have shaped #Indonesia, this will disappoint. If you are interested in military/political changes, from colonization to rebellions to “democratic” elections, then you may enjoy this. #readingasia2021

Librarybelle Great review! 7mo
BarbaraBB My mother‘s family is Indonesian so I think I know a lot already (about colonization too 😌, being Dutch) but the book does sound interesting. 7mo
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I really wanted to fill in that BIG space on my map of Asia, otherwise I probably would have skipped this very thorough account of Indonesia‘s history. So many rulers and foreign occupiers ~ WHOA!!! Lots of bloodshed too. I only partially listened ,so maybe half of what I heard was all the gory parts. Damn, I think I missed the Tsunami 😜 Not a bad book, but definitely NOT BRIEF #Hoopla #ReadingAsia21 #Indonesia 🎧

Cinfhen Special thanks to @jenniferw88 for putting this on my #ReadersRadar 11mo
TrishB 😂😂 11mo
Cinfhen The beauty of audio @TrishB #SelectHearing 😉 11mo
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Librarybelle Gotta love the misnomer titles! 😂 11mo
jenniferw88 🤣😊😘 11mo
BarbaraBB Okay. I think I know enough about Indonesian history to skip this chunkster 😂 11mo
Cinfhen There were definitely interesting parts but I didn‘t really need to know every tiny detail @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @jenniferw88 11mo
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NOTHING brief about this one, at all🙄but im just letting it play as I go about my daily routine. Like @jenniferw88 said - there‘s a lot to learn even if your mind wanders and audio is definitely the way to go!! #Indonesia #ReadingAsia21 I think you might enjoy this @BarbaraBB ♥️

rockpools You‘re really getting through these! 12mo
TrishB 😂😂 made me laugh anyway! 12mo
Cinfhen A 9 + hour audio about #Indonesia is hardly brief @TrishB I think his editor should have thought harder about a proper title - like ALL YOU EVER NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT INDONESIA 12mo
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jenniferw88 @Cinfhen 🤣🤣🤣 please keep an ear out for Alfred Russell Wallace, as he's the guy buried in my local cemetery! He came up with evolution before Darwin, but Darwin spoke up about it first. 12mo
Cinfhen I just got to his part @jenniferw88 Very interesting man 😁 12mo
Crazeedi @jenniferw88 i just read something about him recently 12mo
BarbaraBB This sounds good indeed. Going back to my roots 12mo
Librarybelle Looks good! 12mo
Cinfhen Very much so @BarbaraBB I didn‘t realize how intertwined the Dutch are within Indonesia and the history is very interesting 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m surprised how engaging it actually is @Librarybelle it‘s a borrow from #Hoopla 12mo
TrishB @jenniferw88 my daughter was talking about him on one of our walks the other day. (She‘s a physical geographer!) her take is the rich scientist stole the poor scientist‘s work 😁 12mo
jenniferw88 @TrishB Have started reading this book and the first essay suggests Darwin did come up with natural selection before him! 12mo
TrishB @jenniferw88 I think it‘s one of the interesting scientific debates 😁 she thinks Wallace wasn‘t treated well when he had done amazing research, but the whole world knows who Darwin is. 12mo
Cinfhen Wow!! What a coincidence @TrishB @jenniferw88 12mo
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I think 🎧 is the way to do this book - I found my attention wandering at times. I did learn a lot however, so it's still a pick!

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#Indonesia #readingasia2021 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Librarybelle This looks like it would be an informative read! 1y
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@Cinfhen if you do get the tagged book and get to the bit about Alfred Russel Wallace, he's buried in my local cemetery ⬆️

Cinfhen Oh wow! Looking forward to learning about him 1y
CoverToCoverGirl How interesting! 1y
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Cinfhen The book about Indonesia actually looks super interesting 🤔 hope it‘s good!!!! Missed you today but excited for your suggestion 😍 1y
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen I'm doing it on ? & it is good! The author wrote it because when he travelled there he went to a bookshop to buy books about the countries he was visiting, but there wasn't a wide selection of general texts - they were all academic. He still bought them but wrote the book with the ordinary tourist in mind, so we get kings & dates, but also "the occasional tiger"! ? I missed the buddy read too, but having to hibernate the book for now. 1y
Cinfhen I‘m going to look for it on audio / thanks 😊 1y
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