This book describes the development and professionalization of Dutch Indian (Indische) town planning between 1905-1951. It simultaneously portrays the modernisation of the Dutch East Indies and the emergence of modern day Indonesia.
The basic material for this study is very diverse.
It ranges from contemporary journals, literature and novels to minutes of meetings, from newspapers and private notes to interviews with architects and their relatives. Photographs, films, maps and of course the town plans themselves provide important information as well. [quoted partially from the summary]