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Indonesian National Revolution Records in the National Archives of the Netherlands

ByMichael Karabinos

This chapter examines a case of archival displacement in the form of original documents at the Nationaal Archief (National Archive) of the Netherlands in The Hague from Indonesia, recording the war of independence from 1945 to 1949. After a short history of the colonisation and decolonisation of Indonesia, it discusses how certain government records, personal papers, brochures, pamphlets and posters made in Indonesia came into the hands of the Dutch military. The chapter presents details of the author's research, which focused on three main archives: the archive of the Netherlands East Indies Forces Intelligence Service, the archive of the Attorney-General of the Netherlands Indies and the Ministry of Defence's archive of the war in Indonesia. The Djogdja Documenten forms a small part of the NEFIS archive. Another major source of seized archives at the Nationaal Archief is in the collection of the Procureur-Generaal (Attorney General) of the East Indies.