Only just beginning


from Press News, posted 05/10/2013 - 06:48

Late last year, things were rather hectic at NIAS Press, not least because we had just shifted from Leifsgade (and things weren’t working in our new premises) and there was an important book that had to be out in November. As a result, our publication of The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-1968, edited by Douglas Kammen and Katharine McGregor, happened with less fanfare than it deserved.

Since then the book (and the whole rather nasty subject) has attracted more attention with the global screening some time back of Joshua Oppenheimer’s film, The Act of Killing. Now, the magazine Inside Indonesia has recently published a series of articles and reviews about the killings of 1965-1966. These can be accessed on their website.

Here, however, is an excerpt from a review article in the magazine by Gerry van Klinken:

The Contours of Mass Violence brings together historical research by foreign and Indonesian scholars. It is well-edited, and will make great university classroom material. International complicity in the crimes becomes devastatingly clear in a chapter by Bradley Simpson. A series of regional studies by both well-known and younger scholars bring to light a wealth of new material.

As the reviewer concludes, “One thing is certain: 50 years on, this story is only just beginning.”


 

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