In May 1945 World War II ended for the Netherlands with the liberation from the German occupier. In August that year the Japanese occupier of the former Dutch East Indies capitulated. A power vacuum rose in Indonesia. While the direct consequences of the German occupation were still omnipresent back in the Netherlands, members of the Dutch parliament immediately had to deal with a new pressing issue. On August 17, 1945 Indonesian nationalists led by Sukarno and Mohammed Hatta proclaimed the Republic of Indonesia. A period of chaos, uncertainty, and violence followed. The Dutch-Indonesian conflict belongs to the most-discussed topics in Dutch parliament of the first post-war years. In this paper I focus on explicit references to the German occupation of the Netherlands and on emotions in parliamentary debates dealing with the war of independence in Indonesia. Computer-assisted methods are used to select a relevant sub-corpus and to identify and compare emotions in the debates.
26 Aug 2019
9th Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) : The Holocaust Meets the Post-colonial in the Global Memory Space