Indonesia’s economic history

Econ history of IndonesiaAlec Gordon has reviewed the book An Economic History of Indonesia 1800-2010 for JCA (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2016.1153131).

This book is authored by Jan Luiten van Zanden and Daan Marks and published by Routledge. This edition is dated 2014, being the paperback of a study originally published in 2012.

Gordon notes that the “authors emphasise the themes of institutions and economic growth and offer inquiry partly on the basis of new archival statistical material.”

The book covers a wide time period but Gordon observes that the authors “use the immense strengths of and leave themselves exposed to the huge weaknesses of neo-classical economics.” The reviewer would like an account more influenced by Marxist approaches and arguments with that approach.

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