The Dutch Retreat from Empire

  • H. Baudet


SPEAKING of contemporary history is much as when a man tells the story of his own life. It keeps getting stranded in an excess of data and a lack of outline — even though I shall commence by admitting that the data for my subject are anything but satisfactory. First, therefore, I shall have to mark out a few main lines defining a time and a situation.


Crucial Moment Japanese Occupation Decisive Moment Contemporary History Centraal Bureau 
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Further Reading

  1. Wolf, C.: The Indonesian Story (New York, 1948) studies the birth, development and structure of the Indonesian Republic from February 1946 to June 1947. The author served as vice-consul of the U.S.A. at Batavia; in his view economic interests must prevail over political prestige.Google Scholar
  2. Wehl, David: The Birth of Indonesia (1948). An analysis of the diplomatic conflict, leading after two years to the recognition of the Republic by the U.N. as a party for negotiations; the book contains documents.Google Scholar
  3. Kahin, G. McT.: Nationalism and Revolution in Indonesia (Ithaca, N.Y., 1952) may be considered the classic account of the Indonesian Revolution. It starts with an analysis of the social background of Indonesian nationalism before 1940 and studies the whole development to the day when the independent and united republic was established.Google Scholar
  4. Wint, Guy: Spotlight on Asia (1955) describes the transformation of Asia between 1947 and 1955. The author contrasts the peaceful development in India with the violent revolution in China.Google Scholar
  5. Taylor, Alastair M.: Indonesian Independence and the United Nations (1960) is a description of the debates in the U.N. from 1946 to 1948, with documents.Google Scholar
  6. Djajadiningrat, I. H.: The Beginnings of the Indonesian-Dutch Negotiations and the Hoge Veluwe Talks (New York, 1958) is a factual account based on the minutes.Google Scholar
  7. Lyphart, Arend: The Trauma of Decolonization: the Dutch and West New Guinea (New Haven, Conn., 1966). The author analyses what he considers to be the Dutch attachment to colonies which was, in his view, the cause of the New Guinea problem.Google Scholar
  8. Palmer, Leslie H.: Indonesia and the Dutch (1962) starts in 1900, considers the growth of Indonesian nationalism, analyses the relations of the nationalists with the Dutch authorities during the 1930s and the influence of the Japanese during the war, and finally describes the events after 1945, with a detailed survey of the dispute about New Guinea; bibliography.Google Scholar
  9. Tinbergen, J. and Derksen, J. B. D.: ‘Berekeningen over de economische betekenis van Nederlandsch-Indië voor Nederland’, in the periodical Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, 10/12 (The Hague, 1945); and ‘Nederlandsch-Indië in cijfers’Google Scholar
  10. W. H. van Helsdingen (ed.), Daar werd wat groots verricht (Amsterdam, 1941). In both articles the authors analyse the economic importance of Indonesia for the Netherlands.Google Scholar

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