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Open Access Chapter I: The colonial race

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Chapter I: The colonial race

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Explicitly referring to the many foreigners living in the Netherlands Indies the colonial administration made special appeals to the newspapers to maintain strict neutrality in their reporting. International competition came to the rescue of the Dutch. The Netherlands Indies was too rich a prize and the investments there of each of the main contestants in the European struggle for power, especially Germany and Great Britain, too valuable for one of them to allow the other to invade and take possession of the Netherlands Indies. An unequivocal open-door policy, Pleyte, stressed in Parliament as late as 1918, was one of the prerequisites which would allow the Netherlands to remain in the possession of its colony. It would, others argued, also be a reason to have the European Powers oppose a Japanese occupation of the Netherlands Indies.

Keywords: colonial administration; Germany; Great Britain; Japanese occupation; Netherlands Indies



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