End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • Dutch governor meets Indonesian leadership

    23 October 1945. In his first meeting with Sukarno and Hatta, held in defiance of his government, Van Mook explores the possibilities of a compromise. However, he is hampered by his suspicions of British motives and the intransigence of his political masters; the Dutch government decrees that the meeting never took place. Changing tack, Van Mook then persuades the British to inform the Republican leadership they are bound to respect Dutch sovereignty, a move that dampens Republican enthusiasm for negotiations.

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    Official portrait of Sukarno, 1949