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The Politics of Indonesia-Malaysia Relations

One Kin, Two Nations, 1st Edition

By Joseph Chinyong Liow


238 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Joseph Chinyong Liow is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His main research interests are in Malaysian domestic politics and foreign policy, and the international politics of Southeast Asia.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Southeast Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General