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Fire and the Full Moon

Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World

Our image of Canada’s postwar foreign policy is dominated by the Cold War, while the story of Canada’s response to decolonization in the Global South is less well known. This book explores Canadian-Indonesian relations to determine whether Canada’s postwar foreign policy was guided by an overarching set of altruistic principles. It shows that Canada remained a loyal member of the Western alliance. Canada wanted developing countries to follow its own non-revolutionary model of decolonization and paid little attention to violations of human rights. Webster’s reassessment of Canada’s foreign-policy objectives in Indonesia, and of its own national image, will appeal to students of diplomatic history interested in Asia and the developing world.

272 pages

Table of Contents



1 Canada, the United Nations, and the Decolonization of Indonesia, 1945–49

2 The Golden Bridge: Canada and Indonesian Economic Development, 1950–63

3 Non-state Networks and Modernizing Elites in the Sukarno Years

4 Canada, Alliance Politics, and the West New Guinea Dispute, 1957–63

5 Canada, Confrontation, and the End of Empire in Southeast Asia, 1963–66

6 A Pebble in Many Shoes: Development in Indonesia, Decolonization in East Timor, 1968–99





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