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Description - Truth Will Out by Dr. Baskara T. Wardaya

This striking compilation of essays surveys a variety of views about the 1965 mass violence in Indonesia and current efforts to understand it. The book is the product of an oral history project involving senior and young researchers from Yogyakarta. The accounts it presents include a military man who continues to see the violence as justified and refuses survivors the status of victim; two Muslims who believe that the Communist were and continue to remain a threat to society; and a Catholic activist who reflects on how they were manipulated to support the violence. These accounts are complemented by the views of survivors of the violence, some of whom see this as a national problem that goes far beyond individual suffering. This book provides a valuable window into why this past remains contested today and some of the obstacles to reconciliation and full rehabilitation of survivors.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781922235145
ISBN-10: 1922235148
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Monash University Publishing
Publisher: Monash University Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2013
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Dr. Baskara T. Wardaya

Dr. Baskara T. Wardaya SJ studied in Indonesia and the United States, obtaining his masters and PhD degrees in history from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisonsin. As a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar, he undertook research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas. He now teaches at Sanata Dharma and Gadjah Mada Universities in Yogyakarta. He is also a consultant for the Asia-Pacific Jesuit Refugee Service in Bangkok. From 2004-2011 he was Director of the Centre for History and Political Ethics (PUSdEP) at Sanata Dharma University. In 2011-2012 he was Fulbright Scholar in Residence teaching history at the University of California, Riverside, United States. Dr. Baskara T. Wardaya SJ has published numerous books, particularly on Indonesian history of the 1960s, the Cold War period, and Indonesian-American relations.