This book provides a comprehensive overview of the relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia, focusing especially on how the relationship has developed in the last fifty years. It argues that the political relationship between the two countries has been largely defined by rivalry, despite the fact that the processes of national self-determination began by emphasising Indo-Malay fraternity. It shows how the two countries have different, contested interpretations of Indo-Malay history, and how the continuing suspicion of Javanese hegemony which defined much of the history of the Indo-Malay world is also a key factor in the relationship.
'Besides dealing with the relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia- the two states claiming to be expressions of the "Malay nation" - this book contains an effective discussion about the relevance of kinship in nation- building' - Political Studies Review
Preface Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Glossary Introduction Part 1 1. Kinship and Nationalism in International Relations 2. Kinship and Indo-Malay Historiography 3. A Tale of Two Nationalisms Part 2 4. 1949-1965: Ties That Divide 5. 1966-1980: Re-building the 'Special Relationship' 6. 1981-2000: The Indonesia-Malaysia 'Prestige Dilemma' Conclusion Selected Bibliography