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Raden Dunbar

Raden Dunbar is an Australian educator with a passion for military history and the psychology of warfare, particularly the history and culture of Japan’s war in the Pacific between 1941 and 1945. When he discovered in 1994 that a maternal uncle, J. K. V. Griffin, had been one of the victim’s of the 1944 massacre at Kavieng in New Guinea, he set out to learn how and why this gentle Australian copra planter had ended up being murdered by Japanese sailors. Since 1984 Raden Dunbar has worked extensively in Indonesia as an education consultant and school principal. He lives in Bandung, West Java, with his Sundanese wife and one daughter. He is an avid student of modern history, and is particularly interested in historical irony, and in the behaviour of governments and civilian populations when faced with major crises.