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[Research Paper] The Netherlands East Indies 1926 Communist Revolt Revisited: New Discoveries from S

Xie, Kankan. “The Netherlands East Indies 1926 Communist Revolt Revisited: New Discoveries from Singapore’s Digital Newspaper Archives.” Chapters on Asia. Singapore: National Library Board, 2018, 267-294. [Download PDF here]


Many historians consider the 1926/27 PKI Uprisings as important precursors of Indonesia’s nationalist movement, which ultimately led to the country’s independence. When it comes to the actual course of events, however, existing narratives tend to describe the abortive revolts as ill-prepared, poorly organized and easily suppressed – and consequently, of limited impact in shaking the foundation of the Dutch colonial regime. It is also commonly understood that in the aftermath of the rebellions, dutch authorities dealt a crushing blow to the PKI and its associated organizations by carrying out large-scale arrests, imprisonments, executions, and banishments. Beyond these facts, however, very little attention has been paid to the deeper meanings that the revolt revealed. as the following sections will demonstrate, the movement created enormous anxiety in the NEI which forced the Dutch colonial government to act with a strong hand. moreover, with frequent exchanges of information and personnel across the Malacca Straits, the NEI uprisings also generated considerable uneasiness in British Malaya.

Book information:

Title: Chapters on Asia : selected papers from the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship (2014-2016)

“This volume contains selected papers by the Lee Kong Chian research fellows between 2014 and 2016. Their works explore a myriad of topics: cabaret girls in the 1940s and 50s, Malaya as depicted in early Hollywood films, early printing in Chinese, the activities of the London Missionary Society in Singapore, John Crawfurd’s ideas on ethnology and world history, Teochew oral history accounts, and the 1926 Netherlands East Indies communist revolt, among others”—Foreword.


Subject: Singapore--History; Southeast Asia--History; History

Publisher: National Library Board Singapore, 2018

Contributor: National Library Board Singapore Digital Description: application/pdf, 18428 KB, 151 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.)

All rights reserved. National Library Board Singapore, 2018

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