Howard Dick

Howard Dick is an economic historian, Southeast Asia specialist, and associate professor at the Australian Centre of International Business, University of Melbourne, Australia. He has written widely on Indonesia.

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Surabaya, City of Work · A Socioeconomic History, 1900–2000
By Howard Dick

Surabaya is Indonesia's second largest city but is not well known to the outside world. Yet in 1900, Surabaya was a bigger city than Jakarta and one of the main commercial centers of Asia. Collapse of sugar exports during the 1930s depression, followed by the Japanese occupation, revolution, and independence, brought on a long period of stagnation and retreat from the international economy.

“The ease with which to book can be read conceals the fact that Dick has had to painstakingly piece the account together from a large number of disparate sources, including Dutch archival materials. …Dick proves that resourceful use of snippets of information can go a very long way.”

Australian Economic History