Subversion as Foreign Policy: The Secret Eisenhower and Dulles Debacle in Indonesia

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University of Washington Press, 1997 - Political Science - 318 pages
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Based on access to secret documents and interviews with many of the participants, Subversion as Foreign Policy is an extraordinary account of civil war in Indonesia provoked by President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and resulting in the killing of thousands of Indonesians and the destruction of much of the country's air force and navy."This startling new book reveals a covert intervention by the United States in Indonesia in the late 1950s involving, among other things, the supply of thousands of weapons, the creation and deployment of a secret CIA air force and logistical support from the Seventh Fleet. The intervention occurred on such a massive scale that it is difficult to believe it has been kept almost totally secret from the American public for nearly 40 years. And this CIA operation proved to be even more disastrous than the Bay of Pigs". -- San Francisco Chronicle"An exemplary study of an ignominious chapter of the Cold War in Southeast Asia". -- Journal ofAsian Studies"Subversion as Foreign Policy is a remarkable book.... The Kahins have provided a rare insight into the workings of U.S. policy towards Indonesia, both clandestine and official". -- London Times Literary Supplement
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Colonial Rule Revolution and the Beginnings
10
Postrevolutionary Realities
36
Dissent in the Regions
54
Genesis of Eisenhowers Indonesian Policy
75
Polarization
99
The Rebels Challenge Jakarta
120
Civil War
143
Climax and Turning Point
167
End of the Rebellion
196
Conclusion and Epilogue
217
Biographies of Key Figures
231
A Note on Sources
238
Notes
245
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