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"Sukarno and the Emergence of Indonesia"

Course of Our Times, Series IV

VHS; U-Matic


Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1971

30 min.

Among the nations that emerged from the crucible of WW II was Indonesia, a congeries of 3,000 islands that, after the war, had a population of more than 90 million. Indonesia, led by the emancipator Sukarno, professed non-alignment in the East-West Cold War, but its Communist Party, encouraged by Soviet Russia and Red China, kept moving it into the Communist camp. But he moved too far and too fast: he was overthrown in 1966 in an anti-Communist coup, under the leadership of Suharto, and the revolution brought the sixth largest nation in the world back into the western camp.

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

1 VHS use copy [In Course of Our Times Collection, Box 1]
1 U-Matic copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 28]