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The Encyclopedia of Indonesia in the Pacific War deals with the many-sided developments in Indonesian society that were furthered or brought about by Japanese military rule (1942-45). Japan developed the influential narrative that Japanese soldiers actually sacrificed their lives to liberate the Indonesians from the yoke of Dutch colonialism and helped create the independent Indonesian nation-state. The Indonesian, Japanese and Dutch historiographies have only recently reached international discourse. Mainstream academic debate since the 1950s and throughout the Cold War period, was fostered by American scholarship and focused on the rise of a Java-centered Indonesian nationalism, the revolutionary period, and the early political foundations of the independent Indonesian nation-state.

Keywords: Dutch; Indonesia; Japan; Pacific War



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