Nationalisation of historical knowledge

Revisiting the agenda of writing indonesiasentris history, 1945-1965

  • Gani Achmad Jaelani Universitas Padjadjaran


This research seeks to elaborate the attempts to nationalize the knowledge of the past in Indonesia between 1945 to 1965. This period is also known as the time when the new perspective in national history writing called indonesiasentris appeared. At that time, writing national history was a necessary to justify the direction of this new-born state. Accordingly, the so-called indonesiasentris which was known as the identity of Indonesian historiography, in spite of its contribution to the history as a science, supposes a uniformity of paradigm in national history writing. Far from being true, the indonesiasentris reflects the heterogeneity of the attempts to interpret the Indonesia’s past. This article will try to analyze the genealogy of the indonesiasentris as a concept; how this concept became the main focus of the debate after the Independence; to which extent this debate was influenced by that in global scale; lastly, this article will try to put in perspective the agenda of writing history in contemporary Indonesian historiography.


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Author Biography

Gani Achmad Jaelani, Universitas Padjadjaran

Staf Pengajar Departemen Sejarah dan Filologi, Fakultas Ilmu Budaya, Universitas Padjadjaran

How to Cite
JAELANI, Gani Achmad. Nationalisation of historical knowledge. Jurnal Sejarah, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 1-29, nov. 2018. ISSN 2581-2394. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2021. doi: