Researcher – Wahid

Wahid, Dr. Abdul

Abdul Wahid is a staff member at the Department of History, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Beginning in June 2017, he will work as a postdoctoral researcher at the KITLV as part of the NWO-funded research project ‘Violence Strikes Root: Why vigilantism became central to Indonesian politics, 1943-1955′.

His role in the project will be to investigate the mobilization process of large numbers of Indonesian youths during the Japanese period (1942-1945), as well as their divergent trajectories of (political and military) activism in the subsequent years of the Decolonization War (1945-1949).

Wahid studied colonial history at the Institute of History, Leiden University, as part of the Encompass Scholarship Program 2006-2009 . He wrote his PhD on the political economy of colonial taxation in Indonesia at the University of Utrecht (defended November 2013) after which he further developed his research on the social and economic aspects of colonial and post-colonial Indonesia. These include the impact of the economic depression in the 1930s, the modernization of the colonial state and administration, the social aspects of the Indonesian decolonization process, and the social dimensions of the political transition in the 1950s and 1960s.

Selected Publications

(with Sri Margana) Ke-Indonesiaan Dalam Uang: Pantulan Sejarah Indonesia dalam uang Kertas Bank Indonesia. Jakarta: Bank Indonesia, 2016.

‘Bung Tomo dan Pertempuran Surabaya’, Tempo, Edisi Khusus Hari Pahlawan. 9-15 November 2015.

‘The Dutch’s ‘Floating Life’ on Deshima Island: A Gloomy Side of Dutch-Japan Relationship during The Tokugawa Periode, 1715-1790’, Jurnal Kajian Wilayah (Pusat Studi Sumber Daya Regional – Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia) 6-1, 2015.

‘The Untold Story of the Surabaya Battle of 10 November 1945’, The Jakarta Post, 13 November 2013.

From Revenue Farming to State Monopoly: The Political Economy of Taxation in Colonial Indonesia, Java 1870–1942, PhD Thesis, University of Utrecht, 2013.

‘In the shadow of opium: Pachtstelsel and the Dutch colonial extraction in Java, 1850s-1890s’, in: E. Frankema & F. Buelens (eds), The Colonial Extraction and Economic Development: the Netherlands Indies and Belgian Congo Compared. Routledge, 2013.

‘Ethics in pawn: State Pawnshop Service in Late Colonial Indonesia, 1910s-1940s’, Lembaran Sejarah 9-2, 2012.

‘Revenue Farming and Imperial Transition: An economic dimension of early colonial state formation in Java, ca. 1800s-1830s’, Humaniora 24-3, 2012.

‘Framing colonial society: Population census and social categorization in colonial Indonesia’, in: Sri Margana & Heri Priyatmoko (eds.), Kolonialisme, Kebudayaan, dan Warisan Sejarah. Yogyakarta: Jurusan Sejarah UGM,  2011.

Related Research Project(s)

Indonesia in transition. A history from revolution to nation building, 1943-1958

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