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Anne van der Veer

PhD candidate

A.L. van der Veer MA
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My PhD project is about the role of the Chinese minority during the Indonesian revolution, 1945-1949. It focuses on the Pao An Tui, the self-defence force raised by the Chinese to protect their community against anti-Chinese violence. Building on previous research for my MA thesis, I examine how the establishment of the PAT affected the relations among different groups of Chinese and between the Chinese and the Indonesians. The PAT itself cooperated with the Dutch military and was affiliated with the Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party. During the revolution, the power of the PAT was increasingly challenged by sympathisers of the Chinese communist party, who in turn sought to strengthen relations with the Indonesians. Engaging with recent debates on transnationalism and diaspora, I aim to unravel the entwinement of local Chinese responses to the revolution and overseas Chinese politics.

Curriculum vitae

Research Master Modern History (1500-2000) at Utrecht University (cum laude).
Thesis entitled 'The Pao An Tui in Medan. A Chinese Security Force in Dutch-Occupied Indonesia, 1945-1948'.

Bachelor in History at Utrecht University.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Economische en Sociale geschiedenis

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