Revolutionary Worlds: Local Perspectives and Dynamics During the Indonesian Independence War, 1945-1949

Roel Frakking et al.

Omslag van het boek 'Revolutionary Worlds' (2023)

Today saw the publication of ‘Revolutionary Worlds: Local Perspectives and Dynamics During the Indonesian Independence War, 1945-1949’, edited by Political History lecturer Roel Frakking, Bambang Purwanto, Abdul Wahid (both Universitas Gadjah Mada), Gerry van Klinken (University of Amsterdam), Martijn Eickhoff (University of Groningen), Yulianti and Ireen Hoogenboom.

Indonesian National Revolution

‘Revolutionary Worlds’ looks at the Indonesian Revolution (1945-1949) from a local and regional perspective. With seventeen contributions, Indonesian and Dutch researchers bring to life the revolutionary world from widely differing perspectives. The authors explain how Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, and Eurasian civilians, fighters, farmers, and officials experienced and shaped the often volatile period between 1945 and 1950.

The book focuses on different ideas of independence, survival strategies, mobilisation, minorities, contestation of authority, and the use of force against the backdrop of Indonesian and Dutch authorities’ efforts to gain or maintain control.

Two national historiographical traditions

Bringing together two national historiographical traditions which have long remained largely separate, ‘Revolutionary Worlds’ is the result of a collaboration between the Indonesian research project Proklamasi Kemerdekaan, Revolusi dan Perang di Indonesia (‘Proclamation of Independence, Revolution and War in Indonesia’, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta) and the Dutch research group of the Regional Studies project, under the umbrella of the research programme Independence, Decolonization, Violence, and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950.

The authors of this book – Taufik Ahmad, Galuh Ambar Sasi, Maarten van der Bent, Martijn Eickhoff, Farabi Fakih, Roel Frakking, Apriani Harahap, Anne-Lot Hoek, Sarkawi B. Husain, Julianto Ibrahim, Gerry van Klinken, Erniwati, Mawardi Umar, Anne van der Veer, Abdul Wahid, Tri Wahyuning M. Irsyam, and Muhammad Yuanda Zara – work with various universities and research institutes in Indonesia and the Netherlands.