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A short history of Lombok

Lombok was up until the mid 1700’s controlled by the indigenous peoples known as the ‘Sasaks’ before being overthrown by the Balinese around 1750. While the Balinese struggled to control the Sasak peoples in the eastern regions, often being confronted with popular revolts  and rebellions, the Dutch, who had been trading with the region for many years, took control in the late 1900’s to create stability in the region. This led to the end for the last Rajah and their families, who threw themselves at the Dutch military, while dressed in white as their surrender. Lombok has had a tumultuous past. In 1965, shortly after Indonesia’s Independence, Lombok experienced mass killings of Chinese, and those thought to be sympathetic to the communists. In 2000, major rioting in the city of Mataram led to many Chinese and Christians fleeing Lombok for the safety of Bali, and it was many years before the felt safe to return, but of course the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005 further eroded what had been a healthy and growing tourism industry. The tourism industry has yet to fully recover. There remains a considerable gulf between the traditional Muslim Sasak’s and western liberal values to this day, though it remains relatively below the surface and is rare for it to be seen in public.
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A short history of Lombok Lombok was up until the mid 1700’s controlled by the indigenous peoples known as the ‘Sasaks’ before being overthrown by the Balinese around 1750. While the Balinese struggled to control the Sasak peoples in the eastern regions, often being confronted with popular revolts  and rebellions, the Dutch, who had been trading with the region for many years, took control in the late 1900’s to create stability in the region. This led to the end for the last Rajah and their families, who threw themselves at the Dutch military, while dressed in white as their surrender, preferring to die than give up. Lombok has had a tumultuous past. In 1965, shortly after Indonesia’s Independence, Lombok experienced mass killings of Chinese, and those thought to be sympathetic to the communists. In 2000, major rioting in the city of Mataram led to many Chinese and Christians fleeing Lombok for the safety of Bali, and it was many years before the felt safe to return, but of course the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005 further eroded what had been a healthy and growing tourism industry. The tourism industry has yet to fully recover. There remains a considerable gulf between the traditional Muslim Sasaks and western liberal values to this day, though it remains relatively below the surface and is rare for it to be seen in public.
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