(Bangka, 1961) studied history at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) and Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. In 1992 he received his Ph. D. from the latter institution with a study into the indigenous rubber culture on South Sumatra from 1890-1940. His research interests lie in the field of Indonesian historiography and the economic history of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. After having had several posts at the Universitas Gadjah Mada, he was a visiting lecturer at the Thammasat University in Thailand and the University of the Philippines. At the moment dr. Purwanto heads the centre for Social and Southeast Asian Studies of the Universitas Gadjah Mada. He is working on a publication entitled 'Gagalnya Historiografi Indonesiasentris?' in which he treats the success or failure of an Indonesian-centric historiography.
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The powershifts in the long period of decolonisation have translated themselves in streetscapes and cityscapes. Buildings changed roles and houses and earth got other owners. What role has the government played in these changes? Fourteen researchers charted the changing pattern of some big Indonesian cities, under the expert guidance of Colombijn and Purwanto.