This study examines the year-to-year development of militaristic discourse
in Indonesian secondary education history textbooks since 1975. Historical
descriptions written since the fall of Soeharto’s military regime and its replacement
by a civilian government in 1998 tend to emphasize Indonesia’s military history and
pay little attention to its civilian leadership. To what degree did political change
influence the production of historical discourse in recent textbooks in Indonesia?
This article attempts to answer this question by applying Critical Discourse Analysis
(CDA) to textual sources, in order to expose their historical and socio-cultural dimensions.
The results show that in the post-Soeharto era, militaristic perspectives
continue to dominate discourse production in history textbooks, denying the role
of civilian leadership. This glorification of the military demonstrates that the Indonesian
army continues to influence the country’s history textbook production in
the modern era.