Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Law, Social Sciences and Education, ICLSSE 2023, 1st June 2023, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia

Research Article

After The Darkness Comes The Light: Electricity and Modernity in Singaraja Town on The Dutch Colonial Period XX Century

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.1-6-2023.2341421,
        author={Desak Made Oka  Purnawati and I Putu Hendra Mas  Martayana},
        title={After The Darkness Comes The Light: Electricity and Modernity in Singaraja Town on The Dutch Colonial Period XX Century},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Law, Social Sciences and Education, ICLSSE 2023, 1st June 2023, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICLSSE},
        year={2023},
        month={12},
        keywords={electricity modernity dutch colonial},
        doi={10.4108/eai.1-6-2023.2341421}
    }
    
  • Desak Made Oka Purnawati
    I Putu Hendra Mas Martayana
    Year: 2023
    After The Darkness Comes The Light: Electricity and Modernity in Singaraja Town on The Dutch Colonial Period XX Century
    ICLSSE
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.1-6-2023.2341421
Desak Made Oka Purnawati1,*, I Putu Hendra Mas Martayana1
  • 1: Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha
*Contact email: oka.purnawati@undiksha.ac.id

Abstract

This research discusses modernization in Singaraja city in the early 20th century which was initiated by the presence of the electric substations. The Dutch not only built government offices, revitalized residential areas, built bridges and irrigation canals, but also electrical substations scattered in several corners of the city. This research uses historical method. The heuristic stage is carried out by searching for sources in the form of colonial archives, newspapers and articles. Critical stages are used to map sources into primary or secondary types. The interpretation stage is useful for producing a rough draft of this paper. The last is the stage of writing or historiography. The findings from this study prove that the presence of electricity in the joints of people's lives has had an important impact on social change in this city. Electricity produces light, and light becomes a new spirit that leads to an accelerated modern lifestyle.