Thee Kian Wie


This article is written as one of many tributes to Professor Anne Booth of the
Department of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University
of London, who will retire by the end of 2013. This tribute is certainly warranted as
Anne Booth is without doubt a redoubtable scholar specialized in the economy and
history of the Southeast Asian nations, particularly Indonesia. The article starts with
discussing developments in the Netherlands Indies in the 1930s, which is followed
by a discussion of developments in the Netherlands Indies on the eve of the Japanese
invasion. The article then discusses political developments in Japan in the 1930s;
followed by a discussion of the start of the Pacific War and the fall of the Netherlands
Indies. The main focus of the article concerns the Indonesian economy during the
Japanese occupation of Indonesia (March 1942 August 1945).
Keywords: Japanese Occupation, Indonesian economy, Netherlands Indies

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