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The Killing SeasonA History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66$
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Geoffrey B. Robinson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196497

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196497.001.0001

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The Killing Season

Geoffrey B. Robinson

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers whether the army and those who supported its campaign to vilify, imprison, torture, and kill PKI members and other leftists did so on the back of a lie. After weighing the evidence, the chapter reveals that they did so quite deliberately. The chapter lays the foundation for that case in two parts. It opens with an account of the events of October 1 and their aftermath, based on the few historical facts that are not in dispute. It then outlines the various competing accounts of the movement, highlighting the implausibility and inconsistency of the official version, but also looking critically at the alternatives.

Keywords:   official narrative, historical facts, September 30th Movement, Indonesia, genocide, mass killing, PKI members, leftists

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