M. C. Ricklefs is among the foremost historians of Indonesia, with a particular focus on the history of the Javanese from the coming of Islam to the present day.
If for no other reason than the pleasure of enjoying this fruit of sovereign scholarship, this clearly written and thoroughly argued text is well-worth reading. . . . it invites new ethnography that deeply understands the rapid and radical changes in culture and society during the Soeharto and post-Soeharto periods.-- "International Association of Asian Studies"