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- DescriptionIn 1965 Indonesia had the largest communist movement in the world outside of the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. Indonesian President Sukar supported the movement and was edging Indonesia towards socialism when a mutiny coordinated by D. N. Aidit, chairperson of the Indonesian Communist Party, was launched on the last day of September 1965. The backlash destroyed the movement. As Max Lane describes in Catastrophe in Indonesia , though Aidit's attempt to replace the anti-communist army leadership was organized without the kwledge of the communist party, the army launched a subsequent propaganda campaign against the communist movement. Consequently, the government collapsed, opening the way for an extremely violent uprising in which over a million people were killed and tens of thousands imprisoned. All left-wing ideas and activities were banned - and remain so today. In Catastrophe in Indonesia , Lane probes this massive and complicated collapse of communism, providing a thorough and kwledgeable explanation of how the movement's leadership trapped itself in such a disastrous situation. He then brings the story up to the present, analyzing the overall impact on Indonesian politics and the re-emergence of a new Indonesian left today.
- Author BiographyMax Lane is an independent scholar and activist with forty years of experience of Indonesian and left-wing politics. He has translated Indonesian literature by Pramoedya Ananta Toer and W.S. Rendra and is the author of Unfinished Nation: Indonesia Before and After Suharto.
- Author(s)Max Lane
- PublisherSeagull Books London Ltd
- Date of Publication11/02/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleWhat Was Communism?
- Place of PublicationGreenford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSeagull Books London Ltd
- Weight178 g
- Width159 mm
- Height190 mm
- Spine14 mm
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