An Act of Free Choice

Pages: 928
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations, map

An Act of Free Choice

Decolonisation and the Right to Self-Determination in West Papua

Pieter Drooglever

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.
Paperback
9781851687152 (25 Dec 2009)
RRP £125.00 / US$195.00

The Book

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.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 928
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations, map

About the Author

Pieter Drooglever 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.

Reviews

"Nowhere else can one find a fuller or more creditable account."

- International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter

"it is a book for politicians, historians, legal experts and, above all, for those who want to know about the weight of the weak in the events of the modern world. "

- Inside Indonesia

“There is always merit in setting the record straight, no matter how much time has passed. For the Indonesian province of Papua, it has been a long and bloody 36-year wait. The Papuans have refused to accept the ‘Act of Free Choice’ by which they supposedly voted to join Indonesia in 1969. [This book], commissioned by the Dutch government, the former colonial ruler in Indonesia, unequivocally vindicates their stance.”

- The Sydney Morning Herald