Historical Dictionary of East Timor by Geoffrey C. GunnHistorical Dictionary of East Timor by Geoffrey C. Gunn

Historical Dictionary of East Timor

byGeoffrey C. Gunn

Hardcover | December 18, 2010

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East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, located at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago. East Timor was among the last of colonial territories to become independent, and it actually had to be liberated twice. First, after more than four centuries of Portuguese colonial rule, it achieved independence in 1975 only to be invaded and occupied by Indonesia. After a blood-soaked occupation of 24 years and following intense international pressure, the Jakarta-regime only grudgingly allowed East Timor to form a nation of its own in 1999. Since then, the new state has faced further armed clashes and is only now able to seriously engage in nation-building. Historical Dictionary of East Timor relates the turbulent history of this country through a chronology, an introductory essay, an expansive bibliography, and over 200 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, events, places, organizations, and other aspects of East Timor history from the earliest times to the present.
Geoffrey C. Gunn is professor of International Relations in the Faculty of Economics at Nagasaki University. He has served as a "consultant sociologist" to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, as well as advising the UN-backed East Timor "Truth Commission."
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Title:Historical Dictionary of East TimorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 8.96 × 5.94 × 0.97 inPublished:December 18, 2010Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810867540

ISBN - 13:9780810867543

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For those with an interest in Timor-Leste, from students to more established scholars, this historical dictionary is an exceptionally useful and very engaging read. It is one of those rare books that it is perfectly legitimate to dip in and out of, rather than read from beginning to end, and it is enjoyable to do so. All of the major places, events and people are well covered and virtually all readers will find new and useful information about Timor-Leste here. For those of us who enjoy encyclopaedic reading for its own general value, this is an engaging read; for readers specifically interested in Timor-Leste, it is a must....Gunn is probably the premier historian of Timor-Leste and certainly holds that position in English accounts of the place....This work should rightfully be the standard reference point for matters Timor-Leste. For more sanguine readers, it remains a very enjoyable reacquaintance and should occasionally constitute lively points of discussion for those interested in matters East Timorese.