Fire and the Full Moon: Canada and Indonesia in a by David Webster

By David Webster

Our picture of Canada’s postwar international coverage is ruled via the chilly conflict, whereas the tale of Canada’s reaction to decolonization within the international South is much less renowned. This ebook explores Canadian-Indonesian kinfolk to figure out even if Canada’s postwar overseas coverage was once guided through an overarching set of altruistic rules. It indicates that Canada remained a faithful member of the Western alliance. Canada sought after constructing international locations to persist with its personal non-revolutionary version of decolonization and paid little awareness to violations of human rights. Webster’s reassessment of Canada’s foreign-policy ambitions in Indonesia, and of its personal nationwide photograph, will attract scholars of diplomatic background attracted to Asia and the constructing international.

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Laurent pointed out in an April 1948 parliamentary overview of external affairs. “For us there is no escape, even if we wish to seek one, in isolation or indifference,” he said. There was a global communist menace, one that could not be resisted by Canada alone. “Canada’s boundaries against such a threat extend far beyond her physical frontiers. We know also that a line is being drawn through the hearts of free men everywhere, and that on our side of the line are all those in every country who work and fight to preserve the freedom and dignity of the individual against reactionary dictatorship, whether communist or fascist.

N. General Assembly had adjourned. ”72 The colonial war was back on, just as Canadian policy-makers 31 32 Canada, the United Nations, and the Decolonization of Indonesia, 1945-49 were preoccupied with planning the North Atlantic alliance and maintaining the Commonwealth. The need to preserve North Atlantic and Commonwealth unity determined Canadian reactions to the Indonesian crisis. The United States joined with Australia to lead the chorus of criticism on the Security Council; and, as earlier threatened, it suspended Marshall Plan aid earmarked for the Netherlands East Indies.

The Dutch authorities decided fairly early that instead of working with the republic they would form as many states as possible and then seek an invitation to intervene from a new federal government. 46 Much of the action following the Renville Agreement would be piloted by Canada’s Security Council representative Andrew McNaughton, a retired general and scientist who had served a brief stint as Minister of Defence and had been pressed into taking the Security Council role by St. Laurent. As a Canada, the United Nations, and the Decolonization of Indonesia, 1945-49 Figure 2.

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