With remarkable scope and in scrupulous detail, Professor Anderson analyses the Indonesia revolution of 1945. Against the background of Javanese culture and the Japanese occupation, he explores the origins of the revolutionary youth groups, the military, and the political parties to challenge conventional interpretations of revolutionary movements in Asia. The author emphasises that the critical role in the outbreak was played not by the dissatisfied intellectuals or by an oppressed working class but by the youth of Indonesia. Perhaps most important are the insights he offers into the conflict between strategies for seeking national revolution and those for attaining social change. By giving first priority to gaining recognition of Indonesian sovereignty from the outside world, he argues, the revolutionary leadership had to adopt conservative domestic policies that greatly reduced the possibility of far-reaching social reform. Originally published in 1974 by Cornell University, this book has now been reprinted in 2006 as part of the Equinox Classic Indonesia series.
Java in a Time of Revolution: Occupation and Resistance, 1944-1946
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AuthorsAnderson, Benedict R. O'g.