Dutch soldiers’ amateur photographs from the military operations of 1945–50 constitute a partial yet significant archive for understanding how gendered and racialised structures of colonial violence manifested during the Indonesian National Revolution. The archival abundance of these photographs reveals the strategic significance of the ‘home’ front (the barracks) for upholding Dutch soldiers’ notions of masculinity and colonial discourses of humanitarian rule. Soldiers’ photographs and other sources also provide evidence that: first, Dutch barracks relied on child labour, and young Indonesian boys were sometimes recruited into soldiering for Dutch forces; second, the Dutch Royal Army effectively implemented barracks concubinage for the first time in its history during its largest overseas conflict to date; and third, economic duress and sexual coercion underpinned the evolution of the ‘babu’ into barracks concubine.
|Title of host publication||Gender, Violence and Power in Indonesia|
|Subtitle of host publication||Across Time and Space|
|Editors||Katherine McGregor, Ana Dragojlovic, Hannah Loney|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon Oxon UK|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|