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From the Dutch East Indies to Indonesia

Remco Raben - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Remco Raben - foto Serge Ligtenberg


What is decolonization? It is the departure, gradually that is, of an old colonial power. Is it an arrival too? The decolonization of Indonesia is full of questions and uncertainties. Remco Raben came to mention this in his introduction. Subsequently the researchers presented the answers which their studies in the research programme 'From the Dutch East Indies to Indonesia' yielded. The Jakartan poet Zeffry Alkatiri opened the day with the poem Amsterdam-Batavia. He told the story of Jakarta as an eyewitness of history.