The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

Lecture | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History, UCLA

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk is derived from Prof. Robinson's new book The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66 (Princeton University Press, 2018). The book examines one of the largest and swiftest instances of mass killing and incarceration in the 20th century, the shocking anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, leaving some 500,000 people dead and more than one million others in detention. Challenging conventional narratives that portray the violence as arising spontaneously from religious, cultural, and social conflicts, the book argues that it was instead the product of a deliberate campaign led by the Indonesian Army. It also details the critical role played by the U.S., Britain, and other major powers in facilitating the mass murder and incarceration – and the more than 50 years of silence and inaction that followed.

The book will be available for sale at the end of the lecture, with thanks for this assistance to University Press Books.

Geoffrey Robinson is a Professor of History at UCLA where he teaches and writes about political violence, genocide, human rights, and mass incarceration. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His other major works include The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali(Cornell, 1995); East Timor 1999: Crimes against Humanity (Elsham & Hak, 2006); and “If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die”: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor (Princeton, 2010). Before coming to UCLA, Robinson worked for six years at Amnesty International’s Research Department in London, and in 1999 he served as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations in Dili, East Timor., 510-642-3609