Credit	and	Debt	in	Indonesia,	860-1930:	From	Peonage	to	Pawnshop,	from	Kongsi	to	Cooperative

Credit and Debt in Indonesia, 860-1930: From Peonage to Pawnshop, from Kongsi to Cooperative

by David Henley

Credit and debt are practical concerns of all times and places. They are also increasingly important topics in economic history and the social sciences, from Marcel Mauss and the anthropology of the gift to the urgent quest for understanding of today's global credit crunch. This volume brings together eight essays on credit and debt in the history of Indonesia, where for centuries debt and debt bondage played central roles in the organization of society, and where efforts to combat 'usury' and free peasants from indebtedness were central to the ethical and nationalist movements of the late colonial period. Topics range from the inscriptions of ninth-century Java to the first global financial crisis in 1930, and from Islamic laws against the charging of interest to the role of Chinese temples and Dutch church charities as credit providers. The history of credit and debt in Indonesia is examined from a wide variety of perspectives - legal, institutional, and cultural as well as economic. Attention is paid to parallels and contrasts with more recent developments, including the Asian financial crisis of 1997 and Indonesia's rise to fame as a pioneer of the current global microfinance revolution.



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Preliminary pages
1. Credit and Debt in Indonesian History: An Introduction
2. Preliminary Notes on Debt and Credit in Early Island Southeast Asia
3. "Following the Debt": Credit and Debt in Southeast Asian Legal Theory and Practice, 1400-1800
4. Credit among the Early Modern To Wajoq
5. Money in Makassar: Credit and Debt in an Eighteenth-Century VOC Settlement
6. Money and Credit in Chinese Mercantile Operations in Colonial and Precolonial Southeast Asia
7. A Colonial Debt Crisis: Surabaya in the Late 1890s
8. Credit and the Colonial State: The Reform of Capital Markets on Java, 1900-30
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  • Number of Pages : 195
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 500g
  • Product Code : 9789812308467
  • Dimension : 140 x 216 mm

About Author

David Henley

David Henley is a researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden.