[TimorLesteStudies] New books on Timor-Leste by Frederic Durand
jenster at cres10.anu.edu.au
Wed Jan 10 10:40:35 EST 2007
I recently purchased this wonderful atlas (highly
recommended as a resource for teachers and
lecturers) from Asia Bookroom
(www.asiabookroom.com) in Canberra for $72.95
(elsewhere you will pay $100). The Atlas is now
featured on our home page as well (www.etstudies-aust.org).
Frederic writes "I have also just finished a new
book (although still only available in French!)
about the history of cartography and travel (to
both East and West Timor), which is somehow the
historical complement of the atlas (see file and
details below). I am also vice-president of
France-Timor Leste, one of the French
associations to foster cooperation
A Country at the Crossroads of Asia and the Pacific
A Geo-historical Atlas
2006. 198pp, 290x210mm, full-color maps throughout
On 20 May 2002, rising out of a history fraught with tragedy, East
Timor acceded to independence under the name of Timor Leste or Timor
Lorosae: Sunrise Timor. This insular ethno-linguistic mosaic wedged
between Southeast Asia and Oceania had been a colony of Portugal for
four centuries before it was invaded by Indonesian forces in December
1975. It was not until 30 August 1999, however, that more than 78
percent of the population voted for independence,
thus ending twenty- five years of Indonesian occupation.
This atlas highlights the specific features and
characteristics of the new country of East Timor.
Using statistical documentary resources available
since the colonial period, its 136 colorful maps
show how material constraints and local,
regional, and world stakes have shaped Timor's destiny, both past and present.
Frederic Durand teaches geography at Toulouse
Il-Le Mirail University, France. Author of
several works on Southeast Asia, the Malay world,
and Indonesia, he published the French version of
this geo-historical atlas of East Timor in 2002,
and the book, Catholicisme et Protestantisme dans
lle de Timor: 1556-2003, in 2004.
Timor 1250-2005, 750 years of cartography and
travel (For a picture of the cover visit the
publications page of
By Frederic Durand
Timor Island, at the crossroads of Asia and the
Pacific, figures as a speck on the globe. It was,
however, at the core of many expeditions: the
quest for precious wood by Chinese merchants in
the 13th century, Magellan's first voyage around
the world from 1519 to 1521, the Bounty epic in
1789 as well as the discovery of Australia
towards the end of the 18th century. Timor was
also at the centre of colonial conquests, the
Pacific War, the Cold War and the expansionist
ambitions of Indonesia under General Suharto.
While very ancient archives of both East and West
Timor have for the most part been destroyed, the
contours of a history, believed to be lost, can
be retraced through maps, drawings, engravings
and the testimony of travelers over the years. At
the end of the 20th century, the East Timorese
resistance, on its part, had to establish maps in
order to defend its territory, and some of these
were drawn by President Xanana Gusmao himself.
This book traces the passage of time and some
founding myths through contacts with the external
world, on the increase and more frequent, that
have led to conflicts and historical ruptures.
Illustrated abundantly with 300 maps, engravings
and photographs, the book is based on numerous
narrations and documents, some of them unknown or
unpublished. They represent invitations to
voyage, to go on an immobile travel where the
apparent movement consists of explorations and
peregrinations in this island, depicted as the
body of an old crocodile by native legends....
Arkuiris Editions/IRASEC, 2006.
520 pages, 231 maps and figures, 62 photos.
1 - Former features of the "Big Crocodile"
2 - Timor in old Asian network
3 - Discovery of Timor by Iberians 1512-1540
4 - A diversifying Timorese cartography
5 - Timor by Godinho de Eredia 1558-1623
6 - Rivalry between Netherlands and Portugal
7 - Towards a separate peace and the beginning of
an original Dutch cartography
8 - The English seafarers discover Timor
9 - Start of territorial control and Timorese fights
10- The first battles for Timor hinterland
11 - Pierre Poivre and the desperate quest for spices in Timor
12 - The great travellers, from Bougainville to James Cook and La Pérouse
13 - Timorese epic of the Bounty in 1789
14 - Timor on the route to Australia for adventurers and explorers
15 - French encylopaedic vision of Timor in the early 19th century
16 - Between life whalers and shipwrecks, a testimony from the Oecussi enclave
17 - Naturalists discover Timor, from Wallace to Forbes
18 - Geographic colonisation of Timor by the white man
19 - Sea and highlands battles in the context of scientific cartography
20 - A changing world seen through the eyes of
sailaing boats around the world : from Joshua Slocum to Alain Gerbault
21 -Travellers in quest of exotic
22 - First flying machines in the Timor sky:
from Ross Smith to Amelia Earhart, 1919-1937
23 - Aerial photographs, topographic cartography and ethnologic approaches
24 - Economic studies and thematic syntheses
during the third quarter of the 20th century
25 - Official tours in Timor, beginning of Tourism and Political Journalism
26 - Map at wars
27 - Images, voyages
fragile hopes for peace
28 - Maps for the future
29 - When Grand-father crocodile stirs dreams and imaginary voyages...
Chronology with relation to cartography, travel and Timorese policy.
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