By Edward Aspinall
Indonesia’s President Soeharto led probably the most sturdy and potent authoritarian regimes of the second one 1/2 the 20 th century. but his rule resulted in ignominy, and masses of the turbulence and corruption of the following years used to be blamed on his legacy. greater than a decade after Soeharto’s resignation, Indonesia is a consolidating democracy and the time has come to re-evaluate where of his regime in smooth Indonesian heritage, and its lasting effect. This ebook starts this job by way of bringing jointly a set of prime specialists on Indonesia to envision Soeharto and his legacy from varied views. In featuring their analyses, those authors pay tribute to Harold Crouch, an Australian political scientist who is still one of many maximum chroniclers of the Soeharto regime and its aftermath.
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They divided the profits between themselves. They never gave any thought to turning the money over to the army. Many of Soeharto’s military colleagues in Central Java disapproved of his fundraising, believing that he went much further than he needed to. They expressed concern that not all the money was accounted for. The Sultan of Yogyakarta was also concerned. He saw how Soeharto operated during the revolution, and strongly disapproved. He was to refer to these concerns when, at the end of 1965 or early 1966, four or five Javanese politicians and student leaders called on him at his office in Jakarta.
I have been talking to these men on and off for forty years, having set off down this path when Jamie Mackie suggested during a visit to Jakarta in 1970 that I begin a clippings file on each of the six most interesting generals around Soeharto, in addition to the one I had on the President himself. Before long, I found myself with clippings files on dozens of senior officers. In the early 1990s, after an involuntary 10-year absence from Indonesia, I resumed my research, interviewing a large number of retired officers, many of whom had known Soeharto well.
In this perspective, the continuing legacy of the New Order is less a sign of that regime’s uniquely resilient influence, as part of a broader regional pattern whereby ‘Elites have found that democracy helps to cement their dominance’. 13 Soeharto’s New Order and its Legacy As Indonesia’s New Order fades into historical memory we hope that this volume will be not only a tribute Professor Harold Crouch, but also an early contribution to what will inevitably be a longer term academic debate about the nature and legacy of the Soeharto regime.