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Bandung Conference


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


The Bandung Conference, the first large-scale meeting of African and Asian states, was held on April 18–24, 1955, in Bandung, Indonesia. It was hosted by Indonesian president Sukarno and sponsored by Indonesia, Burma, Ceylon, India, and Pakistan, and convened representatives of 29 African and Asian states to discuss decolonization, human rights, and world peace and promote economic, social, and cultural cooperation in the Afro-Asian region. The meeting is acknowledged as a milestone in the process of decolonization, since it signified the birth of a third grouping onto the world political stage during the Cold War, a development framed by the “Third Worldist” ideology. It encapsulated a major moment in the history of non-Western diplomacy, marked with a complex set of economic, social, and cultural realities of the postcolonial situation. Most of the 29 delegates, representing more than half the world's population, came from newly independent states in Asia and Africa, some of which were still coping with the remnants of colonialism. Despite cultural differences among the participants and variations in terms of their colonial experiences, their presence at the conference was based on a shared history of Western aggression. That history became the basis for an increasing appeal of Afro-Asian relations, intercontinental exchange, and interracial solidarity that went beyond concerns ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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