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By Frances Gouda

The results of a Fulbright senior examine fellowship celebrating the simultaneous fiftieth anniversaries of the Fulbright trade origin and the Indonesian Republic, this booklet deals a brand new standpoint on American attitudes towards Dutch colonial rule and Indonesia’s fight for independence. Drawing on huge examine in American, Dutch, Indonesian, and Australian diplomatic files and archival files, in addition to the information of the United countries, the authors provide a brand new review of the political heritage and altering motive of yank international rules.

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One among them was Sudarpo Sastrosatomo, a well-educated press officer only in his mid-twenties, who had been dispatched to New York as public information officer by the embattled government of the Yogyakarta Republic. He recognized that George Washington, having helped to achieve America’s freedom by his steadfast leadership on the battlefield, had assumed almost mythical proportions. Sudarpo also understood that Washington was not the only one who lived on in Americans’ memory as a gallant leader in war and peace and as a champion in the hearts of his countrymen.

Nonetheless, it took until the autumn of 1949 before a comprehensive US foreign policy for all of Asia would be formulated, if only because during the late summer of 1949 the Soviet Union had detonated its first atomic device. ” Earlier in the year, a leftist coalition (Sayap Kiri) within the Indonesian Republic, united under the umbrella of the Democratic People’s Front (Front Demokrasi Rakyat or FDR), was forged among disgruntled nationalists. 32 US Intelligence analysts noted that a range of political organizations had joined forces at “the crossroads of the left,” as the Indonesian historian Soe Hok Gie aptly described the new coali32 de 3e PROEF - BOEK 29-11-2001 23:41 Pagina 33 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND THE END OF DUTCH COLONIAL RULE tion.

Indonesian nationalists expected that America’s preeminence would be communicated primarily through its dominant voice in the newly established United Nations. They also looked forward to a postwar international community that would embrace all the independent countries in the world as active participants in the United Nations. Indonesian nationalists also placed their faith in the UN Security Council as a supra-national agency that might be able to monitor the world’s harmonious coexistence by settling disputes between member states.

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