(1949) was born and raised in Sweden but has lived in the Netherlands since 1972. He studied economics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and at Columbia Univeristy, New York and in Amsterdam. In 1982 he took his doctoral gedree from the University of Amsterdam with a study of the trade between the Netherlands and Sweden in the 17th century. Since 1975 he has taught at the University of Leiden, now as a lecturer at the school of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania and with the history department. Thomas Kindblad specializes in modern economic Indonesian history. Wintin the research programme From the Dutch East Indies to Indonesia he is responsible for Indonesianisasi and nationalization, executed in cooperation with IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies) in Leiden.
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The Dutch-East Indian province brought forth a thriving businesslife with a monopoly for Dutch enterprises. When Sukarno declared the republic Indonesia in 1945 it seemed that there was no future was Dutch companies on Indonesian soil However, Indonesia was not ready to take over the torch from the Netherlands. Not earlier than 1958, after the abrupt take-over of Dutch companies by Indonesian trade union members did Indonesia succeed in shaking off this colonial heritage. Historian Thomas Lindblad told about this study.