Marginality, morality, and the nationalist impulse: Papua, the Netherlands and Indonesia. A review article

Elson, R. E. (2007) Marginality, morality, and the nationalist impulse: Papua, the Netherlands and Indonesia. A review article. Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 122 1: 65-71.

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Author Elson, R. E.
Title Marginality, morality, and the nationalist impulse: Papua, the Netherlands and Indonesia. A review article
Language of Title eng
Journal name Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name The Low Countries Historical Review
Language of Journal Name dut
ISSN 0165-0505
Publication date 2007-04-16
Year available 2007
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 122
Issue 1
Start page 65
End page 71
Total pages 7
Editor G. N. van der Plaat
Place of publication The Hague, Netherlands
Publisher Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap
Collection year 2008
Language eng
dut
Subject 430102 History - Asian
C1
430103 History - Pacific
430108 History - European
Formatted abstract
Drooglever’s large and detailed analysis of the course of ‘West New Guinea problem’ demonstrates a mastery of sources and of the skills of synthesis, and will certainly become the definitive work on the subject. The book may be read at many levels, as a story of Dutch imperial decline and diplomatic failure, of Indonesian powerlessness, and of Papuan victimhood, as the Dutch refused to concede New Guinea, attempted to develop an indigenous Papuan political capacity, and were finally overwhelmed by a combination of Indonesian determination and the changing circumstances of international politics. The book’s greatest weakness, just like the post-war Dutch policy which is its subject, is its failure to appreciate the strength, depth and moral force of Indonesian nationalism, something reflected not only in the one-sided moral tone of the book, but also in its failure to analyse Indonesian sources and attitudes with sufficient seriousness.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "P. J. Drooglever, Een daad van vrije keuze. De Papoea’s van westelijk Nieuw-Guinea en de grenzen van het zelfbeschikkingsrecht (Amsterdam: Boom, Den Haag: Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis, 2005, 807 blz.,€45,-, ISBN 90 8506 178 4)."

English journal title: "The Low Countries Historical Review".

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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