Bruce Watson first visited Indonesia in 1973. A lawyer by training, with a long career in investment banking, he has extensive in-country experience in Java advising in the resources sector. Bruce Watson holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Arts majoring in History from the University of Sydney. USYD in 2020 awarded him the PhD upon which this book is based. Bruce Watson lives in Sydney and is married with three adult children.