Although numerous accounts have been published of the genesis and
character of the attempted October 1965 coup in Indonesia, many
important aspects of that affair still remain very unclear. The
fact that in most accounts so much of the picture has been painted
in black and white, and in language of categorical certainty, has
served only to paper over the enormous gaps in established
knowledge of the event.
In his present introduction to the paper here published,
Professor Anderson describes the circumstances surrounding its
preparation and the reasons why it was not previously published.
Indeed, because of the avowedly tentative and provisional character
of this early effort, there would normally be no reason to publish
it any more than there would have been to publish the scores of
other preliminary drafts prepared over the years by scholars
working in the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project. However, this
draft has been given a unique prominence. For it has been singled
out by a number of those who have subsequently written accounts of
the attempted coup, among whom all too many have misrepresented the
authors' ideas and cited words or phrases of theirs out of context.
Thus there are special reasons now for publishing this draft in its
entirety-in fairness both to the authors and to all those
interested in the events of 1965-so that readers can make their own
assessments rather than having to rely upon doctored extracts and
tendentious interpretations by writers hostile to the hypotheses
advanced by its authors.
I have found myself in disagreement with some of the views
presented in this paper; however, I believe that despite the
limited materials available to the authors over the few months that
they collected and analyzed their data, this draft, which they
wrote at the end of 1965, contains a number of important insights
and a considerable amount of significant data which other writers
have not taken into account. Thus, those interested in
understanding the attempted coup of 1965, particularly if they bear
in mind the caveats of Professor Anderson's present introduction,
should find this paper useful. - George McT. Kahin
Equinox Publishing (Asia) Pte Ltd
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Benedict R. O'G. Anderson
• Ruth Thomas McVey
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