Select Resources on Timor-Leste

The following is a very brief list of maps, websites and books that provide good introductions to different aspects of Timor-Leste's geography, history and contemporary society. There is an enormous variety of material available on Timor-Leste, so these resources provide possible starting points. 


  • Barrkman, Joanna, From the Hands of our Ancestors: The Arts and Crafts of Timor-Leste, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Fannie Bay, 2009.
  • Bovensiepen, Judith, The Land of Gold: Conflict Recovery and Cultural Revival in Independent Timor-Leste, Cornell, New York, 2015.
  • Cummins, Deborah, Local Governance in Timor-Leste: Lessons in Postcolonial State-building, Routledge, Oxon, 2015.
  • Cristalis, Irena, Bitter Dawn: East Timor, A People's Story, Zed Books, London, New York, 2002.
  • Dunn, James, East Timor: A Rough Passage to Independence, Longueville Books, Sydney, 2003.
  • Durand, Frederic, 1250-2005: 750 Ans de Cartographie et de Voyages, Arkuiris et Irasec, Toulouse and Bangkok, 2006.
  • Fitzpatrick, Daniel, Andrew McWilliam and Susana Barnes, Property and Social Resilience in Times of Conflict: Land, Custom and Law in East Timor, Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, 2013.
  • Fox, James and Dionisio Babo Soares, Out of the Ashes: Destruction and Reconstruction of East Timor, ANU E-Press, Canberra, 2000.
  • Greenless, Don and Robert Garran, Deliverance: The Inside Story of East Timor's Fight for Freedom, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2002.
  • Gunn, Geoffrey, Timor Loro Sae: 500 Years, Livros do Oriente, Hong Kong, 1999.
  • Hagerdal, Hans, Lords of the Land, Lords of the Sea: Conflict and Adaptation in Early Colonial Timor 1600-1800, KITLV Press, Leiden, 2012.
  • Joliffe, Jill, East Timor: Nationalism and colonialism, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1978.
  • Kammen, Douglas, Three Centuries of Conflict in East Timor, Rutgers University Press, New York, 2015.
  • Leach, Michael, Nation-Building and National Identity in Timor-Leste, Routledge, London, 2017.
  • Marker, Jamsheed, East Timor: A Memoir of the Negotiations for Independence, McFarland & Company, 2003.
  • McDonald, Hamish (et al), Masters of Terror: Indonesia's Military and Violence in East Timor in 1999, Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No. 145, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, 2002.
  • McWilliam, Andrew and Elizabeth Traube, Land and Life in Timor-Leste: Ethnographic Essays, ANU E-Press, Canberra, 2011.
  • Molnar, Andrea, Timor-Leste: Politics, History, and Culture, Routledge, Oxon, 2010.
  • Nicol, Bill, Timor: A nation reborn, Equinox Publishing, Jakarta, 2002.
  • Palmer, Lisa, Water Politics and Spiritual Ecology: Custom, Environmental Governance & Development, Routledge, New York, 2015.
  • Smythe, Patrick A., The Heaviest Blow-The Catholic Church and the East Timor Issue, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2004.
  • Tanter, Richard, Mark Selden and Stephen Shalom (eds), Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers, Pluto Press, Sydney, 2001.
  • Taylor, John G., Indonesia's Forgotten War: The hidden history of East Timor, Zed, London, 1991.


Maps of Timor-Leste