By Jeff Lewis
The terrorist assaults of 2002 and 2005 are the apex of a profound and deep-rooted concern that has emerged during the interval of Bali's modernization and its engagement with worldwide tourism and the economic system of delight. Bali's Silent main issue files the demanding situations and horrors linked to transition, in addition to the bold good looks that continues to be intrinsic to the island's experience of cultural future.
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12. See Michael Hitchcock, Bali the Imaginary Museum: The Photographs of Walter Spies and Beryl de Zoete (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996). 13. See Said, Culture and Imperialism, 1993. 14. Robinson, Dark Side of Paradise, 273–303. 15. See Adrian Vickers, A History of Modern Indonesia (Cambidge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). 16. There were, of course, a number of smaller and less significant political parties operating in Bali during this period. Most notable was the BTI (Barisan Tani Indonesia), which also had a leadership drawn from commoners.
On the other side, however, the Balinese peasants and tenant farmers were being crushed by the burden of these taxes. During the thirty years of Dutch rule the tax income for the Dutch Residency increased manifold, as though there were no limit to the bounty. Overall, it was estimated that the Dutch government extracted over f. 37,000,000 more than its cost to run the Residency. ” But it was not only that the taxes were heavy, the mechanisms used to collect the tax further contributed to tensions within Balinese society and its increasing fragmentation.
If the Balinese believed the propaganda, then the Dutch were relieved of the problem of excessive military interventions. Serendipitously, perhaps, this propagated image of a peaceful and harmonious Balinese society became the trademark of the island’s cultural value, a value which would ultimately be transformed into a central commodity in Bali’s international tourism trade. The language of preservation, that is, became a critical component, not only of social management, but of a new mode of commercialization and trade in human culture.