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Decolonization

New Guinea, Rugged and Humid
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...
PhD Defense Klaas Stutje: Indonesian nationalism in Europe
On Wednesday 15 June, IISH employee Klaas Stutje defended his thesis on Indonesian nationalism, in the Auditorium of the...
Paul Panda Farnana
Paul Panda Farnana M'Fumu worked as an agricultural officer under the colonial government in the Congo. He was in Belgium on the...
Ngo Van
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...
'Satanas' in Belgian Congo
Villagers in Kwango and the palm oil plantation region of Kikwat, Belgian Congo, rose in revolt in June and July 1931. They...
Sétif Revolt
Police officers were the face of the colonial state in much of the Maghreb. They were vulnerable to their domestic opponents, who...
Triangular Migrations
On 19 December 1961, the Indian army under the presidency of Nehru began operations resulting in the annexation of the Portuguese...
(De)construction Site
The socialist leader Samora Machel became the first president of independent Mozambique on 25 June 1975. In his 'state of the...
Photo exhibition Frits Eisenloeffel
The Dutch journalist Frits Eisenloeffel (1944-2001) captured the decolonization, liberation struggle and rebuilding process of...
The African Travels of Frits Eisenloeffel
This section of the web exhibition of photos by Frits Eisenloeffel tracks the journeys of the Dutch journalist Frits Eisenloeffel...
Government official and adventurer on New Guinea
Jean Victor de Bruijn alias Jungle Pimpernel. In the summer of 2012 the IISH received a supplement to the papers of the Papua-...
Victory Is Certain
The Lancaster House Agreement was the independence agreement for Rhodesia, (Zimbabwe). The signing on 21 December 1979...
Christmas in a Detention Camp
From the diary of Poncke Princen, a Dutchman who was detained for deserting the Dutch army during the colonial war in Indonesia:"...
Mozambique Independent
In 1975 Mozambique attained its independence from Portugal. Independence Day is celebrated on June 25, which was the day in 1962...
Polisario
Polisario, the movement for an independent Western Sahara, was officially established on May 10, 1973 with the intention of...
Surinam: a Golden Future
Surinam, the former Dutch colony in South America, introduced its new flag on 25 November 1975, the day it gained independence....
The Sounds of Islam
La Charte Tunisienne is the organ of the Tunisian independence movement, led by Habib Bourguiba (1903-2000). On 6 February 1937 ...
Police Intervention by the Military
On 20 July 1947 in Indonesia political activists are arrested and imprisoned by the Dutch Army. On this day the Dutch government...
UN Abandons West Papua
Since 1962 the former Dutch colony of West Papua was under UN protection. In fact, Indonesia ruled it and had no compassion...
12 Years of 'Emergency'
'Emergency' was the euphemistic name for a war that had started in 1948 between the British colonial power and Malaysian...
One-sided anti-imperialism
On 24 April 1966, Belgian communist youth marched through the streets of Brussels against imperialism in Congo. In Congo – the...
Republik Indonesia
"Better to the hell than to be colonized again" was painted on a streetcar in Jakarta on 17 August 1945. This is the day of the...
A Socialist in the Dutch East Indies
The first socialist ever to set foot ashore the Dutch East Indies was Henri Hubertus van Kol (1852-1925). In 1876 Van Kol, who...
Mohammad Hatta, Muslim and western intellectual
"I do not admire the practices of Western democracies, but I do hope that the spirit of democracy will win in the end." Mohammad...
Photo collection Wim Dussel
The photo collection of journalist / photographer Wim Dussel (1920-2004) is since 2004 part of the collections of the IISH....
Multatuli als Emancipator
Multatulitentoonstelling in IISGDe tentoonstelling toont een selectie van brieven, boeken, brochures, tijdschriften, politieke...
Multatuli als emancipator
Symposium, boekpresentatie en de finissage van een kleine tentoonstelling met Multatuliana uit de collecties van het Persmuseum...
May Day and Textile Workers in Angola 1975
Photos by Frits EisenloeffelJournalist Frits Eisenloeffel visited Angola in 1975 and 1976 to witness the transfer of power from...
Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940
Narratives of anarchist and syndicalist history during the era of the first globalization and imperialism (1870-1930) have...
The World in World Wars
The volume situates itself within the growing field of research on the global social history of the World Wars. By investigating...
Transfer of Power in Guinea-Bissau 1974
Photos by Frits EisenloeffelJournalist Frits Eisenloeffel travelled through Guinea-Bissau in August 1974 to document the transfer...
Reforestation and Land Reform in Cabo Verde 1981
Photos by Frits EisenloeffelJournalist Frits Eisenloeffel travelled to Guinea and Cabo Verde in August-September 1981 to report...
Building of the Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique 1975
Photos by Frits EisenloeffelJournalist Frits Eisenloeffel travelled to Mozambique in 1975 to capture in images the transfer of...
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