The project addressing the aftermath of the decolonization war of 1945-1950 will endeavor to provide an overview of the consequences of these events on Dutch society.  Additionally, it will look at the effects of the repatriation to the Netherlands of large numbers of citizens of the Netherlands and the Dutch Indies. Of primary importance to the project are questions regarding the process of debate about this war, which has taken place in the Netherlands since 1950. Why did this debate get off to such a slow and rocky start, and which groups played a role? Attention will be focused on certain specific groups - politicians, historians, journalists, clergy, artists - which may have influenced the debate. How was it affected by the bilateral relation between the Netherlands and Indonesia?

This project is carried out by: Meindert van der Kaaij