Unmarked Graves: Death and Survival in the Anti-Communist Violence in East Java, Indonesia (ASAA Southeast Asia Publications) (Hardcover)

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The anti-communist violence that swept across Indonesia in 1965-1966 produced a particularly high death toll in East Java. It also transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of survivors, who faced decades of persecution, imprisonment, and violence. In this book, Vannessa Hearman examines the human cost and community impact of the violence on people from different sides of the political divide.

Her major contribution is an examination of the experiences of people on the political Left. Drawing on interviews, archival records, and government and military reports, she traces the lives of a number of individuals, following their efforts to build a base for resistance in the South Blitar area of East Java, and their subsequent journeys into prisons and detention centers, or into hiding and a shadowy underground existence. She also provides a new understanding of relations between the army and its civilian supporters, many of whom belonged to Indonesia's largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama.

In recent times, the Indonesian killings have received increased attention, but researchers have struggled to overcome a dearth of available records and the stigma associated with communist party membership. By studying events in a single province and focusing on the experiences of individuals, Hearman has taken a large step toward a better understanding of a fraught period in Indonesia's recent past.

About the Author


Vannessa Hearman holds a PhD in History from the University of Melbourne. She lectures in Indonesian studies at Charles Darwin University in Australia.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780824878689
ISBN-10: 082487868X
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication Date: December 7th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: ASAA Southeast Asia Publications