Sovereignty and the Sea: How Indonesia Became an Archipelago State
John E Butcher & RE Elson
The authors relate how Indonesia became one of the first 'archipelagic states. It is probably a little known fact that until the mid 1950s, the waters between Indonesia's far flung collection of islands was freely open to international traffic. In a bold move, the fledgling Indonesian state in 1957 declared that it had 'absolute sovereignty' over all intermediate waters between its islands. This met with resistance from the major maritime nations, but was eventually recognised by the United Nations some 25 years later when 'archipelagic states' were first recognised, thanks to the dogged determination of Indonesia's diplomats. 527 pages with photographs, a bibliography an an index.
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Published by: NUS Press, Singapore, 2017
Condition: New. Hardcover with a similar dust jacket.