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American visions of the Netherlands East Indies/Indonesia : US foreign policy and Indonesian nationalism, 1920-1949 /
Frances Gouda with Thijs Brocades Zaalberg.
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2002.
382 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 306-312) and index.
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Main Description
The authors of this book challenge the view that was current among many people in the Netherlands during the period 1945-1949 that the American government and its foreign policymakers unequivocally backed the Indonesian Republic's struggle for independence. The same myth of America's political endorsement of Indonesians' quest for independence continues to reverberate in the United States itself. In fact, ex-President Clinton repeated the story as recently as 1995 when he wrote to ex-President Suharto that in the post-World War II era, President Truman and the U.S. Congress had actively supported Indonesia 'as the nation was being born'. On the basis of research in American, Indonesian, Dutch, and Australian diplomatic records and in the archives of the United Nations, Gouda and Brocades Zaalberg describe and analyze American visions of the Dutch East Indies/Indonesia from the 1920s to December 1949, when the Kingdom of the Netherlands relinquished its sovereignty over the archipelago in southeast Asia to the United States fo Indonesia. Their historical analysis suggests that the American diplomatic establishment was not as ignorant of conditions in the Indonesian archipelago as many Dutch people assumed, both before and after World War II. They also chronicle the unfolding of America's steady but tactic backing of its faithful Dutch ally in northern Europe until early 1949, when U.S. assessments of the regions in the world where the Cold War might ignite into a 'Hot War' began to incorporate the anti-colonial, nationalist struggles in Indonesia and Vietnam. This title is available in the OAPEN Library -
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The result of a Fulbright senior research fellowship celebrating the simultaneous 50th anniversaries of the Fulbright Exchange Foundation and the Indonesian Republic, this book offers a new perspective on American attitudes toward Dutch colonial rule and Indonesia's struggle for independence. Drawing on extensive research in American, Dutch, Indonesian, and Australian diplomatic records and archival documents, as well as the archives of the United Nations, the authors give a new overview of the political background and changing rationale of American foreign policies.
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Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Abbreviations and Glossaryp. 13
Introductionp. 17
American Foreign Policy and the End of Dutch Colonial Rule in Southeast Asia: An Overviewp. 25
"It's 1776 in Indonesia"p. 44
The United States and the Dutch East Indies: the Celebration of Capitalism in West and East during the 1920'sp. 66
American Visions of Colonial Indonesia from the Great Depression to the Growing Fear of Japan, 1930-1938p. 83
The Specter of Japan and America's Recognition of the Indonesian Archipelago's Strategic Importance, 1938-1945p. 100
The Politics of Independence in the Republik Indonesia and International Reactions, 1945-1949p. 119
The Emerging Cold War and American Perspectives on Decolonization in Southeast Asia in the Postwar Erap. 142
Indonesia's Struggle for Independence and Outside World: England, Australia, and the United States in Search of a Peaceful Solutionp. 165
Armed Conflict, the United Nations' Good Offices Committee, and the Renville Agreement: America's Involvement in Trying to Reach a Settlementp. 200
Soviet Strategies in Southeast Asia and Indonesian Politics: US Foreign Policy Adrift during the Course of 1948p. 237
Rescuing the Republic's Moderates from Soviet Communism: Washington's Conversion to Unequivocal Support of Indonesia's Independencep. 266
Epiloguep. 294
Archival Sources and Selective Bibliographyp. 306
Sources of Illustrationsp. 313
Notesp. 315
Indexp. 369
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