This book traces the beginning of the process of nation-formation, the struggle for independence, the hopeful beginning of the new nation-state of Indonesia only to be followed by hard and difficult ways to remain true to the ideals of independence. In the process Indonesia with its sprawling archipelago and its multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation has to undergo various types of crisis and internal conflicts, but the ideals that have been nurtured since the beginning when a new nation began to be visualized remain intact. Some changes in the interpretation may have taken place and some deviations here and there can be noticed but the literal meaning of the ideals continues to be the guiding light. In short this is a history of a nation in the continuing effort to retain the ideals of its existence.
He is currently Research Professor, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)/Professor of History, Gadjah Mada University and a Member of the Social Science Commission, Indonesian Academy of Sciences, and Chairman, Masyarakat Sejarawan Indonesia (Indonesian Historical Society). He was formerly Director, National Institute for Social and Economic Research, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LEKNAS-LIPI) and Chairman/Head, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, LIPI.
I The Formation of a Multi-Ethnic Nation; II War, Revolution, and the Nation State; III Democracy and Problems of Integration; IV National Identity in a Revolutionary State; V National Values in the Pancasila Democracy; VI The Greedy State and Its Nemeses; VII Conclusion; VIII Epilogue.