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This is an in-depth study of the use of propaganda by the Indonesians during the Indonesian War of Independence, often called the Indonesian Revolution, that lasted from 1945 to 1949.

Supporters of Sukarno waving the Indonesian flag

Researcher: Muhammad Yuanda Zara
Supervisors: Prof. dr. Peter Romijn and dr. Peter Keppy
Duration: 2010-2014
Publication: Voluntary Participation, State Involvement: Indonesian Propaganda in the Struggle for Maintaining Independence, 1945-1949. Digital publication: click here
Cooperation: Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

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The Indonesian Revolution was a political process of the struggle of Indonesian people to achieve Indonesian independence. The arrival of British soldiers who wanted to guard the disarmament of Japanese troops in Indonesia in 1945 along with Dutch military who intended to reclaim Indonesia led to strong armed opposition from the Indonesians. Along with security measures, diplomatic initiatives were also conducted to settle the conflict. Both efforts were translated through communication media, to which propaganda gave meaning for the advantages of propaganda sponsor.

This research aims to reveal the importance of propaganda conducted by the Indonesians and its influence on shaping public opinion during the Indonesian Revolution. The use of propaganda during the Revolution strongly relates to its genesis in the pre-Revolution era, its changes along the Revolution, and its contribution.

This research presents an in-depth study on key issues in propaganda, i.e.:


  • key figures
  • institutions
  • media
  • contents
  • techniques
  • reception
  • dissent, if present