Max Lane’s Unfinished Nation: Indonesia Before and After Suharto is reviewed by some journals.
Unfinished Nation was written from the perspective of an activist who has been closely engaged in efforts to promote political change in Indonesia for some time. While this study reflects the author’s political agenda, its usefulness is by no means limited to those readers who share similar concerns. In examining the role of popular forces in driving Indonesia’s political transformation, the author addresses issues and provides valuable insights into the social aspects of the establishment and maintenance of political authority that are of interest to a broad community of readers. …
Unfinished Nation is a valuable study of political development in Indonesia. It is empirically rich and addresses matters that are important to a broad community of people interested in this issue.
For Capital & Class, Nathianel Mehr praises the book:
it is a valuable examination of the processes of state formation and the importance of historical memory in achieving social change.
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Finally – Ed Walsh for MR Zine writes:
Lane’s explanation of the outcome at the turn of the millennium seems very convincing. It would be unrealistic to expect that the legacy of Suharto’s regime could be overcome all at once.
Read the full review here.