General Simon Hendrik Spoor (Amsterdam, January 12, 1902 — Batavia, May 25, 1949) was the Chief of Staff of the Dutch Armed Forces in the Dutch East Indies from 1946 to 1949, during the Indonesian National Revolution or Indonesian War of independence
Embracing Defeat in the Colonies: The Allies & the Dismantling of the Japanese Empire After World War II:
One of the distinctive aspects of the end of the Japanese empire in 1945 is the intersection of defeat, foreign occupation and decolonization. After defeating Japan’s military, the Allies occupied all of its colonies as well as the home islands, inserting themselves between the colonizers and the colonized at a critical moment in the decolonization process. They oversaw the end of empire, including the handover of political power, redrawing of borders and transfer of newly displaced populations. Looking at the end of Japanese rule in Korea and the South Seas mandate, Lori Watt examines how Japanese military defeat complicated, and also simplified, the dismantling of the empire.
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