Nusantara: History of a Concept

  title={Nusantara: History of a Concept},
  author={Hans-Dieter Evers},
  journal={Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society},
  pages={14 - 3}
  • H. Evers
  • Published 2016
  • History
  • Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
Abstract:The dictionary meaning of ‘Nusantara’ is ‘Indonesia’ (in Indonesia) and ‘Malay World’ (in Malaysia), but different meanings have been attached to the concept throughout Southeast Asian history. It appears in fourteenth-century Javanese texts but largely disappeared from written materials for a time, and surfaced again when its almost magical qualities were (re)discovered in the late twentieth century. The meaning of the term has changed over time. In 1334, Gadjah Mada, the chief… Expand

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