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Decolonization of Indonesia was a process that entailed far more than war, diplomacy, and the development of a new, independent administration. The military, whether Republican, Dutch or Japanese, gained in prominence at the expense of civil administrators because of the unprecedented level of fighting in the Archipelago. The Japanese period and Indonesian Revolution were decisive in breaking the Dutch colonial hegemony, but inadvertently also dislocated the workings of municipal administrations. The Indonesian Revolution ended neither with the Proclamation of Independence nor with the transfer of sovereignty. During the 1950s Indonesia was looking for ways to tear down the remnants of the colonial era, and to build a new society. In Indonesia, as in any other society, the size and building materials of a house betray the wealth of the occupant.

Keywords: Archipelago; decolonization; Dutch colonial hegemony; Indonesian Revolution; Japanese period; Republican



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