The Killing Season

The Killing Season

A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

Book - 2018
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"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.
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2018
ISBN: 9780691161389
Branch Call Number: 303.60959 R5624K 2018
Characteristics: xx, 429 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Jan 11, 2018

Haven't read this yet, so I sincerely hope the author is accurate in his scholarship and since the description mentions the influence of the American gov't, hope the author mentions Eisenhower's botched attempt which ended up killing many Indonesian Christians, BTW, and how President Kennedy avoided all bloodshed by negotiating deals between the Indonesian gov't and the oil companies [specifically Stanvac and Caltex, both Rockefeller corps - - please see Andrew Cohen's incredible book, Two Days in June], and also how in 1965-1966, the first killed were the labor organizers at the oil refineries, et cetera!??? [That was Lyndon Johnson, during his administration. Had Kennedy not been murdered, Johnson surely would have been indicted of murder regarding his sister's boyfriend, and other crimes, which definitely gave the elites leverage of him during his four-year term. Interesting that President Obama's mother was there during this bloodiest of times in Indonesia, when the rivers were literally running red from blood - - the bodies having been dumped there. Sad that humans believe other humans should be murdered for holding differing beliefs or opinions!]


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