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Examining decolonization for greater understanding

  • Maarten Manse

Leiden, the Netherlands   /   Tue, January 23 2018   /  01:10 am

The Indonesian-Dutch project entitled “Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950” has caused an uproar. This research project on Indonesia’s fight for independence is being executed by researchers from three Dutch institutes and Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta.

On Nov. 27, 2017, a group of academics and activists published a letter to express concerns about the objectivity of this project.

They fear that it might be compromised and influenced by the Dutch government, which provides the entire fund of €4.1 million.

This group also calls for a more prominent role of Indonesian researchers in the project. Finally, they claim that Dutch colonial history prior to the war and the Dutch colonial mentality at the time of the war as well as its traces in modern-day society, should be problematized.

The concern of these people is understan...