Do(n’t) mention the war: references to World War II in Dutch parliamentary debates on the Indonesian war of independence (1945-1949)

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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.
Period26 Aug 2019
Event title9th Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) : The Holocaust Meets the Post-colonial in the Global Memory Space
Event typeOther
LocationSeoul, Korea, Republic ofShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Word War II
  • Historical Analogies
  • post-colonial history
  • Indonesian war of independence
  • parliamentary history
  • text mining
  • history of emotions