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Author Robinson, Geoffrey, 1957- author.

Title The killing season : a history of the Indonesian massacres, 1965-66 / Geoffrey B. Robinson.

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    303.6095 ROB    Available
Description xx, 429 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
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Series Human rights and crimes against humanity
Human rights and crimes against humanity.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Preconditions -- Pretext -- Cold war -- Mass killing -- The army's role -- "A gleam of light in Asia" -- Mass incarceration -- Release, restrict, discipline, and punish -- Truth and justice? -- Violence, legacies, silence.
Summary "Explores one of the largest and swiftest, yet least examined, instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century--the shocking antileftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965-66, leaving some five hundred thousand people dead and more than a million others in detention. An expert in modern Indonesian history, genocide, and human rights, Geoffrey Robinson sets out to account for this violence and to end the troubling silence surrounding it. In doing so, he sheds new light on broad and enduring historical questions. How do we account for instances of systematic mass killing and detention? Why are some of these crimes remembered and punished, while others are forgotten? What are the social and political ramifications of such acts and such silence? Challenging conventional narratives of the mass violence of 1965-66 as arising spontaneously from religious and social conflicts, Robinson argues convincingly that it was instead the product of a deliberate campaign, led by the Indonesian Army. He also details the critical role played by the United States, Britain, and other major powers in facilitating mass murder and incarceration. Robinson concludes by probing the disturbing long-term consequences of the violence for millions of survivors and Indonesian society as a whole"-- Publisher's Web site.
Subject Political violence -- Indonesia.
Political atrocities -- Indonesia.
Political prisoners -- Indonesia.
Indonesia -- History -- Coup d'état, 1965.
Indonesia -- Politics and government -- 1966-1998.
ISBN 9780691161389 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0691161380 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40027921769

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