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Open Access Elite Brokers (1934–1950)

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Elite Brokers (1934–1950)

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The brokers who brought eastern Indonesia into the new nation came from small towns in the region. This chapter traces the biography of one of the main nationalist organizers in one small provincial town in eastern Indonesia at the time when the nation was born. He and his fellows opened doors for people wanting to pass in both directions - central government officials needing access to the region, and fellow locals wanting jobs with the new government. But rather than becoming midwives to popular democracy, they remained a small group of local elites. The politics they bequeathed to the town were factional and bureaucratic, little troubled by demands from any broader civil society. The national myth is that the 1945 revolution worked its exhilarating magic equally everywhere. The chapter contributes to widening the historical terrains and challenging the assumptions of a Java-centric historiography.

Keywords: brokers; civil society; eastern Indonesia; Java-centric historiography; local elite; national myth



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