Timor Leste

Politics, History, and Culture

By Andrea Katalin Molnar

© 2010 – Routledge

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About the Book

This book provides a comprehensive country overview of Southeast Asia’s newest nation, Timor Leste (East Timor). This book focuses on its cultural and ethno-linguistic diversity, and its political history from the pre-Portuguese period up to 2009. The book pays particular attention to the historical roots of the current challenges to nation-building by reviewing the Indonesian occupation; guerrilla warfare by the Timorese against the occupiers; the politics leading up to the United Nations’ popular consultation and the vote for independence in 2002. Explaining the structure of the government and its parliamentary system, this book highlights the problems and historical and cultural underpinnings of the challenges Timor Leste faces in building a stable viable nation. The author presents a synopsis of selected issues including: language, truth and reconciliation, the Catholic Church’s political activism, internal security problems, the ‘politics of oil’, and the fact that violent conflicts, from 2005 to date, have made it necessary for the United Nation’s peacekeeping forces to return. Thus far, the book argues, Timor Leste’s nation-building efforts have been hampered by the dynamic interaction of number of national and international factors. The first comprehensive political and cultural history of East Timor to date, this book fills a gap and will be an important single reference resource for students and researchers in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, Anthropology and Political Science.

Table of Contents

1. Timor Leste: The Youngest Nation of Southeast Asia 2. People and Culture 3. History and politics of the pre-Portuguese to ‘First Independence’ periods 4. The Indonesian "Custody" of East Timor 5. On the road to full independence: United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor 6. The new nation; the independent Democratic Republic of Timor Leste 7. Major political challenges to viable nation building: 2002-2007 8. Can Timor Leste survive as a truly independent nations? 9. The baby in the ICU: Timor Leste and nation building

About the Author

Andrea Katalin Molnar is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, USA.

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:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General