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Asian Studies: Indonesia


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Secondary Sources

Use these databases to find articles and/or essays in scholarly journals and books.


UofL Databases

Open Access

Badan Pusat Statistik

Statistics Indonesia, is a non-departmental government institute of Indonesia that is responsible for conducting statistical surveys on social, econonomic, and argricultural demographics.


Encyclopedia Britannica - Indonesia

Information on the land, people, economy, administration and social conditions, cultural life, and history. 

The World Factbook - Indonesia 

Basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues.

BBC Country Profiles - Indonesia

An instant guide to the history, politics, and economic background of countries and territories.

Indonesia : A Country Study

Offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy. 

UofL Government Resource Guide - Indonesia

Our Government Resources guide provides an extensive list of articles related to politics, culture, and society

Primary Sources

These databases and websites provide access to digital archival materials such as manuscripts, letters, photographs, moving image and sound materials, artwork, books, diaries, and other artifacts. You can also visit our main pages for Asia and Southeast Asia to find additional databases and resources covering broader regions.

Open Access

Indonesian Elections Web Archive

The Indonesian Elections Web Archive covers the general elections of 2009 and 2019 which included both parliamentary as well as presidential elections, the presidential election of 2014, and the provincial elections of 2018.

Khasanah Pustaka Nusantara portal

A portal to a growing digital collection of Indonesian manuscripts, rare books, maps, images, and other sources.

Dutch East Indies in Photographs, 1860-1940

The collection consists of some 3000 photographs from the period between 1860 and 1940. Most of them were taken by professional photographers who took pictures of landscapes and street life, in addition to photographing houses and factories and taking portrait and group photos. Some of them even took to the road to record all the facets of the Dutch East Indies.

Indonesia independent - Photographs 1947-1953

In January and February 1947, the photographers and friends Cas Oorthuys and Charles Breijer both travelled to Indonesia independently and captured various stages of the decolonisation process. Oorthuys returned to the Netherlands by the end of March, while Breijer stayed on until 1953, the last three years as a filmmaker for the Indonesian Ministry of Information. Lex de Herder was sent to Indonesia as a conscript at the beginning of 1949, where he worked first as a radio announcer and later as a photographer. The collection contains more than 4500 photographs and album pages by these photographers.


The History of Indonesia
A Short History of Indonesia
A History of Modern Indonesia
Democracy and Islam in Indonesia
Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula
The Politics of Multiculturalism
Islamic Modernities in Southeast Asia
Civil Islam


Indonesia's Transformation and the Stability of Southeast Asia
A History of Christianity in Indonesia
Women from Traditional Islamic Educational Institutions in Indonesia
In Search of Middle Indonesia
Forgotten People
Scandal and Democracy


UofL Databases


Recommended Titles:

BBC: Indonesia    

Indonesia Government News 

Indonesia Tribune 

The Jakarta Post 

The President Post