Max’s publications


For a range of recent commentaries on Indonesian politics, see my articles at ISEAS Perspectives or on this blog.

Books and monographs

  • Poetry and otherwise, Indonesia and not, Djaman Baroe, (forthcoming), 2016
  • Indonesia Tidak Hadir di Bumi Manusia: karya-karya Pramoedya ananta Toer, Djaman Baroe, (forthcoming), 2016
  • UNFINISHED NATION: Ingatan Revolusi, Aksi Massa dan Sejarah Indonesia, Djaman Baroe, 2014
  • Decentralization and Its Discontents: An Essay on Class, Political Agency, ISEAS, Singapore, 2014
  • Catastrophe in Indonesia, Seagull, 2010.

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Literary Translation

Also recently republished my translation of Rendra’s 1975 play The Struggle of the Naga Tribe in The Methuen Anthology of Asian Drama, 2015.


1. UNFINISHED NATION: Indonesia before and after Suharto, VERSO Books, 2008
2. Bangsa Yang Belum Selesai: Indonesia sebelum dan sesudah Suharto, Reform Institute, Jakarta, 2007
3. Liber Amicorum 80 Tahun Joesoef Isak , collection of essays edited by Max Lane and Bonnie Triyana, published by ISAI, Komunitas Bambu, Perkumpulan Praxis, July, 2008
4. Wedastera Suyasa, 1945-72 in Bali: from charismatic politics to socio-educational activities, Universitas Mahanedratta, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, January, 2009
5. Arok of Java, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated and with an Introduction by Max Lane, Horizon Books, Singapore, 2007
6. The Chinese in Indonesia, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated and with an Introduction by Max Lane, Select Books, Singapore, 2007
7. Social Sciences and Power in Indonesia, edited by Vedi Hadiz and Danial Dhakidae, published by Equinox Books, Jakarta, Indonesia, published in 2006. Tranbslated from the Indonesian by Max Lane
8. The Urban Mass Movement in the Philippines, 1983-1987, Australian National University and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1990.
9. Openness, political discontent and succession in Indonesia: political developments in Indonesia, 1989-90, Nathan, QLD, Australia: Griffith University, 1991.
10. This Earth of Mankind, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated and with an Introduction by Max Lane, Penguin Books, 1996 (USA Edition)
11. Child of All Nations, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated and with an Introduction by Max Lane, Penguin Books, 1996 (USA Edition)
12. Footsteps, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated and with an Introduction by Max Lane, Penguin Books, 1996 (USA Edition)
13. Glass House, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated and with an Introduction by Max Lane, Penguin Books, 1997 (USA Edition)
14. The Struggle of the Naga Tribe, by Rendra, University of Queensland Press and St Martins Press, New York, 1978, translated and with Introduction by Max Lane.

Book Chapters

15. “Indonesia” in The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, edited by Dr. Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Wiley-Blackwell, USA, forthcoming March, 2009.
16. “Pramoedya Ananta Toer” in Dictionary of Literary Biography – Southeast Asian Writers, edited by Dr David Smyth, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, published by Bruccoli Clark Layman, Columbia, USA; to be published 2009.
17. “Nation Building”, Pembebasan Nasional dan Trisakti Soekarno di Abad 21,” in Liber Amicorum 80 Tahun Joesoef Isak , collection of essays edited by Max Lane and Bonnie Triyana, published by ISAI, Komunitas Bambu, Perkumpulan Praxis, July, 2008.
18. “Pramoedya, Racialism and Socialism”, in Pramoedya Ananta Toer, The Chinese in Indonesia, Select Publishers, Singapore, 2008
19. “Mass politics and political change in Indonesia,” in Reformasi Crisis and Change in Indonesia, A. Budiman and D. Kingsbury (eds), Monash Asia Institute, 1999.
20. “Political Stalemate and Persisting Instability: The Philippines 1990,” Southeast Asian Affairs 1990, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 1991.

Working Papers

21. “Recovering class consciousness after total defeat: Memory, street protest, and
Soekarnoism in contemporary Indonesia.”, 2006
22. “Re-organisation’ of Mass Politics and the Weakened National Revolution in the Era of Neo-Liberal Globalisation”


23. “What do Indonesian elections herald?”, Asia View, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Volume 14, No, October, 2004
24. “A Sense of Deja Vu” (an article on populism under Sukarno) in New Internationalist, No. 116, 1982.
25. “Voices of Dissent in Indonesia” in Arena, (Melbourne), No. 1. 1983.
26. “Worker Resistance to Exploitation in Indonesia, 1981-82″ in Newsletter of International Labour Studies, International Institute of Social History, No. 18, 1983.
27. “Notes on a New School of Committed Film and Art in Indonesia” in Ilmu Masyarakat (Malaysian Social Science Association journal), No. 10, 1985.
28. “An Embryonic Democratic Opposition in Indonesia?” in Asia Pacific Review, (Australian Institute of International Affairs), No. 1, 1986
29. “Communist Party of the Philippines: Background to the Split,” in Links – International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Sydney, No 1, 1994
30. “Winning Democracy in Indonesia: new stage for the progressive movement”, in Links – International Journal of Socialist Renewal, 2, 1994
31. “Indonesia three years after Suharto”, Links – International Journal of Socialist Renewal, No. 18, 2001
32. “Climate of fear – The rise of Benny Murdani”, Inside Indonesia, 1:Nov 83.
33. “Christopher Koch, The year of living dangerously”, Inside Indonesia, 1:Nov 83.
34. “Jakarta’s critics must broaden perspective”, Inside Indonesia, 3:Oct 84.
35. “Indonesia lobby displays bias”, Inside Indonesia, 2:May 84.
36. “Recent developments in Indonesian politics”, Inside Indonesia, 3:Oct 84.
37. “Suharto intensifies clamp down on dissent”, Inside Indonesia, 2:May 84.
38. “1965 – Coup or counter revolution?”, Inside Indonesia, 6:Dec 85.
39. “Tanjung Priok incident – Simmering discontent bubbles over”, Inside Indonesia, 4:Mar 85.
40. “Indonesia’s economy – Deeper into austerity”, Inside Indonesia, 7:May 86.
41. “Why Sinar Harapan was silenced”, Inside Indonesia, 9:Dec 86.
42. “Further attacks on opposition to come”, Inside Indonesia, 7:May 86.
43. “Kopkamtib Goes – ISA on horizon”, Inside Indonesia, 16:Oct 88
44. “The Golkar congress”, Inside Indonesia, 17:Dec 88.
45. “Suharto consolidates ruling clique (with cabinet list)”, Inside Indonesia, 15:Aug 88.
46. “Continuing challenges to Suharto’s authority”, Inside Indonesia, 20:Oct 89.
47. “Student movement takes more steps”, Inside Indonesia, 21:Dec 89.
48. “Students on the move – Analysis of new wave”, Inside Indonesia, 19:Jul 89.
49. “My life as a prisoner – Interview with Pramudya Ananta Tur,” Gil Scrine and Max Lane, Inside Indonesia, 24:Oct 90.
50. “ANU Update – Review of 1989 ANU conference”, Inside Indonesia, 22:Mar 90.
51. “No let up in struggle for democracy”, Inside Indonesia, 23:Jun 90.
52. “Suharto checks ‘openness’ – Political update”, Inside Indonesia, 28:Oct 91.
53. “Pegging out more political free space – Survey of recent events”, Inside Indonesia, 27:Jun 91.
54. “The political isolation of Suharto – Comment on current political trends”, Inside Indonesia, 26:Mar 91.
55. “On the verge of a return to mass politics”, Inside Indonesia, 31:Jun 92.
56. “Forcing the pace – Comment on the role of the grassroots”, Inside Indonesia, 30:Mar 92.
57. “The Armed Forces win the race for Vice-President – Recent MPR session”, Inside Indonesia, 34:Mar 93.
58. “The activists hit back – Street politics a lively scene”, Inside Indonesia, 43:Jun 95.
59. “Striking out at Great River – Labour unrest continues”, Inside Indonesia, and James Balowski 44:Sep 95.
60. “Inside Indonesia must go beyond sympathetic reporting and now engage politically with the struggle against neo-liberalism and militarism” Inside Indonesia, 76, Oct-Dec, 2003
61. “Women’s movement activists and artists unite”, Inside Indonesia, 76, Oct – Dec, 2003
62. “A thriving Asian studies is integral to a critical liberal humanities program”, Inside Indonesia, 77 Jan – Mar 2004
63. “The distraction is over: Elections do nothing to eliminate sources of social tension” Inside Indonesia, 81, Jan-Mar 2005
64. “Regenerating our political leadership,” Jakarta Post 06/29/2007
65. “Is ‘modern West’ superior to the ‘traditional East’? “, Jakarta Post 11/11/2006
66. “Pramoedya and the rebirth of national culture“, Jakarta Post 05/20/2006
67. “Papua and structural violence“, Jakarta Post 04/13/2006
68. “Presidential elections and threat of voter boycott“, Jakarta Post 06/15/2004
69. “Street demonstrations effective for achieving change in Indonesia“ , Jakarta Post 05/31/2004
70. “A note on rotten politicians and rotten strategies“, Jakarta Post 01/29/2004
71. “Nurcholish Madjid, Jakarta Post Dita Sari and the 2004 elections“ , Jakarta Post 08/01/2003
72. “Humanitarian gap between society and political elite“, Jakarta Post 07/10/2003
73. “Aceh: Facing the reality of New Order regime’s legacy“, Jakarta Post 06/18/2003
74. “Any movement must be conveyed effectively“, Jakarta Post 01/28/2003
75. “Iraq and Indonesia’s ‘fruitless’ policies“, Jakarta Post 04/03/2003
76. “Megawati: Beyond the contrarian view“, Jakarta Post 10/14/2003
77. “Did opposition groups pass ‘verification’? “ , Jakarta Post 12/17/2003
78. “Exploiter and exploited — Australia and Indonesia“, Jakarta Post 10/31/2002
79. “Post-New Order literature and the country’s nation-building, Jakarta Post 08/31/2002
80. ‘Reformasi’ disenfranchised: Sutiyoso and Komnas HAM, Jakarta Post 07/20/2002
81. “When Indonesia’s unity is no longer voluntary“, Jakarta Post 06/11/2002
82. “Globalizing debate on IMF: Enter Indonesia“, Jakarta Post 06/19/2002
83. “Aug. 17 and New Order: Nation-building problem“, Jakarta Post 08/13/2002
84. “Sept. 30, 1965: What was really at stake? “, Jakarta Post 10/01/2002
(The above list does not include articles published in The Canberra Times, Nation Review, The National Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Green Left Weekly, Direct Action and other newspapers.)