(1945) Dutch face a revolution in a long-held colonyAn end to more than three centuries of Dutch colonization and control is declared by the Indonesian National Revolution and its leaders Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta. WWII had weakened the Netherlands’ hold on the Southeast Asian archipelago and now Indonesia heads towards independence.The Indonesian National Revolution or Indonesian War of Independence was an armed conflict and diplomatic struggle between the Republic of Indonesia and the Dutch Empire, and an internal social revolution following the postwar and postcolonial Indonesia. It took place between Indonesia’s declaration of independence in 1945 and the Dutch recognition of Indonesia’s independence at the end of 1949. The Indonesian independence movement began in May 1908, which is commemorated as the “Year of National Awakening”.
Start date: Aug 17, 1945 End date: Dec 27, 1949 The signing ceremony recognizing Indonesian sovereignty in The Hague, 27 December 1949