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978-1-4985-9576-6 • Hardback • January 2019 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-4985-9577-3 • eBook • January 2019 • $99.50 • (£77.00)
Leo van Bergen has worked as a medical historian at the VU University Medical Center.
Chapter 1: War, 1870–1019
Chapter 2: Peace, 1910–1942
Chapter 3: War, 1942–1950
Adroitly using a great number of published and archival sources, Leo van Bergen convincingly argues that the Dutch East Indies Red Cross never attempted to provide medical assistance to the wounded in war irrespective of nationality, allegiance, or creed. For all intents and purposes, it was fully subservient to the colonial armed forces. It supported the colonial army in the subjugation (and slaughter) of Aceh and aimed to win the hearts and the minds of Indonesians during the war of Indonesian independence. Van Bergen’s book is the first one to analyze the way Red Cross functioned in a colonial context and persuasively adds to critiques of the Red Cross internationally.
— Hans Pols, University of Sydney
It is vitally important for the Red Cross Movement to have studies of national Red Cross Societies like this one translated into English. Deeply researched and with a sweeping narrative, it tells the story of the Dutch East Indies Red Cross and the role it played in supporting Dutch colonialism through to 1950. We need more books like this one.
— Melanie Oppenheimer, Flinders University