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Act of Free Choice, An: Decolonisation and the Right to Self-determination in West Papua

Author:
Drooglever, Pieter

ISBN:
978 1 85168 715 2
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
928
List price(s):
95.00 GBP

Publication date:
31 October 2009

Short description: 

Introduces the history and people of West Papua, tracing the origins of the international conflict surrounding their struggle for self-determination following the Second World War. This title focuses on the sham referendum of 1969, which Indonesia dubbed 'The Act of Free Choice', an election rigged to legitimize Indonesian control over West Papua.

Full description: 

This important study introduces the history and people of West Papua, tracing the origins of the international conflict surrounding their struggle for self-determination following the Second World War. Based on three decades of exhaustive research and focusing particular attention on the sham referendum of 1969 - which Indonesia dubbed 'The Act of Free Choice', an election rigged to legitimize Indonesian control over West Papua - Droogleever highlights the continuing impact of this injustice on Indonesia's most underdeveloped and poverty-stricken province.

Biography: 

Pieter Droogleever was the lead researcher on a government-sponsored, 27-year study of the decolonisation of Indonesia at the Institute of Netherlands History at The Hague. He also served as chairman of the historical committee for Indonesian Studies, and was a lecturer in Indonesian History at the University of Nymegen, where he held the L.J. Rogier chair.

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