[TimorLesteStudies] New Book: Damien Kingsbury- East Timor: Price of Liberty

Bu Wilson Bu.Wilson at anu.edu.au
Fri May 1 11:46:16 EST 2009

For those who may be interested, Palgrave (New York) has just published
'East Timor: The Price of Liberty', authored by Damien Kingsbury

 From the back cover:

This book is based on extensive research and regular visits to East Timor
since 1995. It considers the trials that the people of East Timor have
undergone in their long struggle for independence, and issues that have
arisen out of independence. This account places East Timor within the
context of other post-colonial states, noting the problems that most of them
have faced in coming to grips with their new-found freedoms, and how they
have managed, or mismanaged, such freedoms. It also traces the themes and
issues within the independence movement, noting how these have contributed
to post-independence outcomes, in particular the poltiical tensions that
almost saw East Timor collapse as a viable state in 2006. The books
concludes with an assessment of the 2007 elections which, depsite some
post-election violence, saw the consolidation of democratic processes in
East Timor, and which marked it as having a brighter future in this one
critical respect.

Professor Peter King, University of Sydney: 'With this book, distinguished,
old East Timor hand Damien Kingsbury reappears as a forensic sleuth on what
has gone wrong and is a practical sage on what might go right for the
long-suffering survivors of of 1975, 199, and (a major focus) the near
melt-down by the military rebellion of 2006.'

Dr Michael McKinley, Australian National University: This is a soundly
researched, scholarly, and incisive assessment of developments in East Timor
by one of the very few specialists on the country worth reading. It is a
book of substance and deep understanding and will be referred to in times to

Associate Professor Damien Kingsbury
Associate Head (Research),
School of International and Political Studies Deakin University, Melbourne
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