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The Play of TimeKodi Perspectives on Calendars, History, and Exchange$
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Janet Hoskins

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080034

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080034.001.0001

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The Past as Ideology

The Past as Ideology

New Heroes, New Histories

(p.306) 11 The Past as Ideology
The Play of Time

Janet Hoskins

University of California Press

History, called sejarah in Indonesia, is a relative latecomer to local discourse. The concept has come, moreover, with a very specific form and intent: in creating “history,” Kodi commentators joined the nationalist quest for an Indonesian past and committed themselves to an ideology of progressive, directed time that would take them “out of darkness and into light.” The “darkness” of the past was, in this vision, recent, coinciding with the period of colonial domination. The concept of historical progression was thus presented as the recovery of a national destiny, a “return” to the splendor of the precolonial empires and a realization of indigenous social democracy in a new era. The meeting with the Indonesian sejarah gave “history” a very specific ideological content.

Keywords:   history, sejarah, Indonesia, Kodi, time, darkness, light, destiny

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