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An Awkward Anniversary. Indonesia and the Netherlands: Decolonisation Fifty Years On
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An Awkward Anniversary. Indonesia and the Netherlands: Decolonisation Fifty Years On

(Jan Bank) The Low Countries - 1996, № 4, pp. 91-96

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The debate about Dutch colonialism and the history of the decolonisation of Indonesia has proved to be far from merely academic. The deserter Poncke Princen and the date of 17 August 1945 were important symbols of conflict. On the one side there was an East Indies generation demanding a positive share in Dutch history through its call for ‘official' recognition. On the other, there were those who were openly critical of colonialism and felt such shame and guilt that ideally they would have liked to delete the whole episode from the nation's history.

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