The Indonesian Coup and Mass Killings, 1965-1967: A Reconceptualization of the Infuence of the Cold War

Angela Keys, Drew Cottle


This article explores how the local situation – politically, economically and socially – contributed to the occurrence in Indonesia of two crucial and interlinked Cold War events, the Indonesian coup and massacre. The article explains how an Indonesian army general, Suharto, was able to utilise Cold War narratives to instigate anti-communist fervour, which resulted in the massacre of more than half a million alleged communists.  Suharto was able to gradually usurp power and eventually replace Sukarno as the president of Indonesia.  It is argued that the convergence of domestic factors was critical to these events, which can be understood as a localised Cold War.

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Direitos autorais 2019 Angela Keys, Drew Cottle

Esboços: histórias em contextos globais - ISSN da versão impressa 1414-722x (cessou em 2008) e ISSN eletrônico 2175-7976 - Florianópolis - SC - Brasil