Post-War Borneo, 1945-1950
Nationalism, Empire and State-Building
By Ooi Keat Gin
Routledge – 2013 – 200 pages
This book examines Borneo, both British Borneo – Brunei, Sarawak and North Borneo – and Dutch Borneo in the period 1945-1950. Borneo then was at the crossroads. Following the Japanese Occupation, the likely future status of the various Bornean territories was not at all clear, and the book discusses the various factions and powers, both local and international, who were contending for control in this period. It examines the effects of the Japanese surrender, the impact of the subsequent interregnum and Australian and British military administrations, the reassertion of Dutch control, the struggle for Indonesian independence, and movements for local autonomy, reassertion of ethnic rights, interests and identity. It charts developments throughout this volatile and uncertain period, up to the point at which the newly independent Republic of Indonesia emerged and a more settled period began.
1. Introduction 2. Borneo under Imperial Japan 3. Welcoming the Aussies 4. Allied Military Administration, September 1945 to June-July 1946 5. Strengthening the Empire: Two Crown Colonies and a Protected State, 1946-9 6. ‘Old’ Dutch and ‘New’ Republicans, 1945-50 7. Ushering A New Dawn
Ooi Keat Gin is Professor of History and Co-ordinator of the Asia Pacific Research Unit in the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and also serves as Editor-in- Chief of the International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (IJAPS) (http://ijaps.usm.my/).