Sukarno was one of the great charismatic leaders of the post-war world. To some he was the architect of his nation, to others a flamboyant and extravagant dictator. This classic work, first published in 1972 and now revised by the author to take into account the findings of more recent scholarship, attempts to reconcile these contrasting images. The book charts Sukarno’s rise to leadership of the Indonesian Nationalist Movement, his activities during the Japanese occupation and the struggle for independence which followed the Second World War, and his record as the first President of the Republic.
John D. Legge was formerly Professor of History at Monash University and subsequently Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He is the author of a number of works on Indonesia including Central Authority and Regional Autonomy and Intellectuals and Nationalism: A Study of the Following Recruited by Sutan Sjahrir in Occupation Jakarta.
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