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Not long ago, the eastern border of the Netherlands was to be found in New Guinea, the country of the Papuans, at a longitude of 141o east and a latitude just south of the equator.Officially, it did... [Collection highlight]
Jean Victor de Bruijn alias Jungle Pimpernel. In the summer of 2012 the IISH received a supplement to the papers of the Papua-leader Viktor Kaisiëpo (1948-2010). Surprisingly, this supplement also... [Collection highlight]
On Wednesday 15 June, IISH employee Klaas Stutje defended his thesis on Indonesian nationalism, in the Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam.In his thesis, he shows that during the twenties and... [News]
Narratives of anarchist and syndicalist history during the era of the first globalization and imperialism (1870-1930) have overwhelmingly been constructed around a Western European tradition centered... [Publication]
The volume situates itself within the growing field of research on the global social history of the World Wars. By investigating social and cultural aspects of these wars in African, South Asian and... [Publication]
This section of the web exhibition of photos by Frits Eisenloeffel tracks the journeys of the Dutch journalist Frits Eisenloeffel (1944-2001) in Africa.  In his student days, Frits Eisenloeffel came... [Section]
Paul Panda Farnana M'Fumu worked as an agricultural officer under the colonial government in the Congo. He was in Belgium on the outbreak of the First World War and fought with a corps of volunteers... [Item of the Day]
Ngo Van was born in a Vietnamese village near Saigon in 1913. He left his village at the age of fourteen and moved to Saigon to work in the metallurgical industry. Van became involved in... [Item of the Day]
Villagers in Kwango and the palm oil plantation region of Kikwat, Belgian Congo, rose in revolt in June and July 1931. They repudiated all things European, including payment of taxes or use of... [Item of the Day]
Police officers were the face of the colonial state in much of the Maghreb. They were vulnerable to their domestic opponents, who singled them out during workers protests and outbreaks of political... [Item of the Day]