Cultural Literacy: Indonesia

Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Indonesia. The most populous Muslim-majority nation in the world and the fourth-most populous country in the world is an archipelago of over seventeen thousand islands, among them Java, to most populous island in the world.

Indonesia, by way of its Maluku (“Spice”) Islands, is the world’s leading producer of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. These export commodities attracted, inevitably one must suppose, the Dutch East India Company, which competed with the Portuguese Empire for dominance in Indonesia, became the dominant colonial power in the islands. Indonesia’s post-colonial history is bumpy to say the least.

In other words, Indonesia is a perfect case study for building analytical skills in historical inquiry, particularly in the fields of colonial and post-colonial studies.

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