The Beginnings of the Indonesian-Dutch Negotiations and the Hoge Veluwe Talks

The Beginnings of the Indonesian-Dutch Negotiations and the Hoge Veluwe Talks

The Beginnings of the Indonesian-Dutch Negotiations and the Hoge Veluwe Talks

The Beginnings of the Indonesian-Dutch Negotiations and the Hoge Veluwe Talks

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Although several excellent works on the history of the Indonesian struggle for independence have been published, the earliest diplomatic developments in the Indonesian-Dutch negotiations have had no more than a brief mention, or have been by-passed altogether. In the opinion of the writer, this inadequate coverage extends from the time when the Southeast Asia Command assumed responsibility for the Indonesian area until the United Nations concerned itself with the Netherlands-Indonesian conflict.

In his research, the writer has attempted to fill in this story up through the inconclusive talks between the Dutch and Indonesian delegations in Holland, at Hoge Veluwe in the spring of 1946. Before attempting to describe the confluence of military, political and diplomatic conditions which led the parties concerned to undertake negotiations, he has tried to find an answer to the question of how the British became involved in the Indonesian-Dutch controversy. Why was the Indonesian archipelago suddenly transferred from the U.S. Southwest Pacific Area Command to the British Southeast Asia Command? What were the factors underlying this last minute switch, implemented on the day following the Japanese surrender?

Within limitations imposed by the material available to him, the writer has made an effort to set up a framework for further and more comprehensive research in the period covered in this monograph. He submits with emphasis that it is neither conclusive nor exhaustive. This is true particularly of the Indonesian internal political developments influencing Republican policy in the negotiations. More solid ground has been trodden in tracing the military, diplomatic and internal political . . .

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