Indonesia's war for independence and the birth of UN peacekeeping

Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial: The Consular Commission meeting with Dutch officials in September 1947. Australian peacekeepers Chesterman and Dyke are at the rear, right. (AWM: P03531.003)

Event details

SDSC War Studies Seminar

Date & time

Monday 02 December 2019
6pm–7pm

Venue

Lecture Theatre 1 (HB1), Hedley Bull Building 130, corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Dr Peter Londey, ANU

Contacts

Coral Bell School

Seminar podcast.

Seventy years ago this month, on 27 December 1949, Indonesia became an independent state. Australia had played a notable diplomatic role in helping the Indonesians achieve independence from the Dutch colonialists, including in September 1947 despatching the very first United Nations (UN) peacekeepers to Java. This seminar will focus on the part played in the development of UN multinational peacekeeping by the peacekeepers themselves on the ground in Indonesia. Dr Peter Londey argues that, although often ignored by peacekeeping historians, the Indonesian operation was the true inception of UN peacekeeping, and that it is a good example of how change often develops organically from the periphery rather than managerially from the centre.

Until recently Dr Peter Londey taught in The Australian National University’s Centre for Classical Studies. Previously he worked as a historian at the Australian War Memorial, where he wrote the first history of Australian peacekeeping, Other People’s Wars (2004). He is also one of the authors of the recently published The Long Search for Peace, Volume 1 of The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations.

Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial: The Consular Commission meeting with Dutch officials in September 1947. Australian peacekeepers Chesterman and Dyke are at the rear, right. (AWM: P03531.003)

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