Suharto: A Political Biography

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 13, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 389 pages
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General Suharto is synonymous with modern Indonesia. He became President amidst extreme social upheaval and mass violence in 1966 and retained his position until 1998. In this book R.E. Elson provides insights into a man who exerted extraordinary power and influence, presented himself as an infallible father of the nation, yet remained mysterious. Suharto sought to transform Indonesia into a strong, united and economically prosperous nation-state, yet after half a century of influence, he is remembered as much for extensive human rights abuse and unprecedented corruption. As Indonesia emerges from the political numbness that characterized his era, its future seems precarious. R.E. Elson is Professor, School of Asian and International Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and Director of Griffith Asia Pacific Council. He is the author of The End of Peasantry in Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 1997) and The Politics of Colonial Expansion (Southeast Asia Program Publications, 1992).
 

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Contents

Beginnings and youth
1
Soldier in the revolution
13
Central Java commands 19501959
45
High office 19591965
76
The coup attempt
99
The move to power 19651968
120
Legitimation and consolidation 19681973
167
Negotiating the problems of the New Order 19731983
203
Ascendancy
235
Decline fall accounting
267
The man and his legacy
297
Glossary and abbreviations
309
Notes
315
Select bibliography
356
Index
376
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R. E. Elson is Professor in the School of Asian and International Studies at Griffith University.