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Open Access Chapter II: A new century, a new elan

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Chapter II: A new century, a new elan

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By the second decade of the century, progress and development had become popular catchwords among the non-European inhabitants of the colony. Kemadjoean was what counted. It would bring a modern world in which these population groups would no longer be treated by the Europeans as inferior beings. Education, information, and political strife were the ways to achieve this aim. Periodicals were launched for the purpose of providing their readers with useful information. Soeloeh Kemadjoean, the Torch of Progress, or even more appropriately Progress Information, a periodical started in October 1913 with Oemar Said Tjokroaminoto as one of its editors, captured the spirit of this trend. Lying at the basis of the restlessness which characterized the first and the second decade of the twentieth century were racial distinctions. The first decade of the twentieth century saw the completion of Dutch territorial expansion.

Keywords: colonial rule; Dutch territorial expansion; non-European inhabitants; twentieth century



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