Volume 131, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



This review article discusses three recent books on Dutch colonialism. In , Rémy Limpach demonstrates how systemic mass violence was part of the Dutch effort against Indonesian decolonization 1945-1949, and thereby questions words like ‘exces’ that are still commonly used to describe these events. In , Gloria Wekker shows how colonial categories of mind still operate in the Netherlands. , a vast comparative study into five former imperial metropoles by Elizabeth Buettner, makes a claim similar to Wekker’s, but across empires, leading her to conclude that Europe has not come to terms with its colonial past. In this review I argue that these books have more in common than their nominal themes suggest, and point to a future research agenda centered on the formation colonial mentalities across space and time.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): colonialism; decolonization; historiography; violence
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