Nationalism, Revolution and Reaction in Indonesia and Vietnam

History 280F.001

Spring 2013
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Instructor: 
Jeffrey Hadler
Location: 
225 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
M 2-5P
CCN: 
39864
Units: 
4

This course compares approaches to the history of nationalism, revolution and counter-revolutionary reaction in the two largest and best-studied countries of Southeast Asia: Indonesia and Vietnam.   At the center of this comparative project is the fact that nationalist and communist movements emerged simultaneously in these two countries during the late colonial era and survived a common period of protracted Japanese occupation.  But they followed very different trajectories in the post-colonial era.  Following WWII, the Vietnamese communist movement dominated the nationalist movement and eventually seized control over the post-colonial state.  In post-WWII Indonesia, on the other hand, a nationalist movement centered on Sukarno controlled the post-colonial state while forging an alliance with the communist party.  Both the Sukarnoists and the communists were destroyed by reactionary factions within the Indonesian military after it seized power in 1965.

Along with these historical themes the course will address the impact, if any, of longue duree colonialism on modern political movements, the international and Cold War context of postcolonial state-building, and the historiographical implications of the triumph or destruction of communism as a viable political force.