Post-War Borneo, 1945-1950

Nationalism, Empire and State-Building

By Ooi Keat Gin

© 2013 – Routledge

200 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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) (

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General