Consolidation of the Dutch East Indies
Despite its small size, the Netherlands emerged from the 19th century in charge of the rich and populous Dutch East ...
Western New Guinea Campaign
From Pearl Harbor on, the Allied priority had been to defeat Germany, with minimal forces devoted to the Pacific. However ...
East Asia 1944
Battle of the Philippine Sea
In the Pacific, the Americans continued their island-hopping campaign by landing on Saipan in the Marianas, intending to use it ...
East Asia 1949
With the Communists victorious across China, about 2 million Nationalist Chinese fled to the offshore island of Taiwan. On December ...
United States of Indonesia
Dutch efforts to reconquer Indonesia brought condemnation by the United Nations. Backing down, the Netherlands accepted the independence of the ...
West New Guinea dispute
When the Netherlands recognized Indonesian independence, it retained western New Guinea on the grounds that its West Papuan inhabitants did ...