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Is there a Batak History?

Reid, Anthony


The 8-10 million Bataks of northern Sumatra are one of Indonesia's most important and intriguing groups. They have clearly been in Sumatra for thousands of years. They have attracted a large number of studies of religion and missiology, and a few good ethnological and language studies. Yet they remain a people without history. It seems a classic case of Eric Wolf’s argument, in Europe and the People Without history, that the neglect of the history of such stateless people was not just an...[Show more]

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Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No. 78
Access Rights: Open Access


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