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Esther Wils (ed.), Oorlog! Van Indie tot Indonesia 1945-1950.

Esther Wils (ed.), Oorlog! Van Indie tot Indonesia 1945-1950. Arnhem: Museum Bronbeek, 2015,40 pp. Price: free, to order from Museum Bronbeek, email:

From February 2015 until January 2016 Museum Bronbeek stages a special exhibition about decolonization in which it aims to give a balanced account of the fateful years 1945 to 1949, in which the Dutch were forced to relinquish its priceless treasure the Dutch East Indies. It succeeded quite well--considering the Museum's colonial and military background--in this tightrope act in an attractive presentation. An interesting extra is offered by a collection of 20 wellillustrated articles by 14 authors, collected in newspaper format, who cover a great number of aspects of the conflict. General overviews are accompanied by articles on the main protagonists, the military, the strategy on both sides, and personal experiences from published accounts by Lin Scholte and Alex Kawilarang. This slim volume also covers the aftermath and post-colonial traumas. Dutch experts on the subject guarantee the reliability of this publication, with a print run of 10,000, that is available for free for the Bronbeek visitors or on application.

DOI: 10.1163/22134379-17102022

Harry A. Poeze

KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

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Title Annotation:Recent Dutch-language Publications
Author:Poeze, Harry A.
Publication:Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 1, 2015
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