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A Short History of Bali

$142 Limited inc GST / $¤,128
A Short History of Bali

<p>More than a million Australians visit ‘the paradise island’ every year, but most of them know little of its history – the early kingdoms, the first European intruders (the Portuguese and the

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More than a million Australians visit ‘the paradise island’ every year, but most of them know little of its history – the early kingdoms, the first European intruders (the Portuguese and the English), and the impact of Dutch and Japanese colonial policies. This short course deals with the evolution of a distinctive and vulnerable culture and its survival against all odds –even foreign developers and tourists. How can an island with a population of four million people survive more than five million visitors a year? The course is illustrated with images from the Bali Provincial Museum in Denpasar and other sources.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The radjahdoms of Bali before European intrusions; the Majapahit golden age; Portuguese, British and Dutch scramble for influence.
  • The 19th C — Dutch control and repression; disputes over trade, culture and religion.
  • The 20th C -- the Dutch adopt new ‘ethical’ colonial policies, the trauma of the Japanese occupation.
  • Bali as a province of independent Indonesia; the growth of tourism and the struggle to preserve an ancient culture.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Recognise the key elements in Balinese culture and the reasons for their survival.
  2. Analyse the significance of contending religions in Balinese history.
  3. Become more sensitive and perceptive visitors when they holiday in Bali.