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Open Access Chapter VIII: The European community in the Netherlands Indies

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Chapter VIII: The European community in the Netherlands Indies

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In January 1915, a report sent from Japan by Pabst to army headquarters in Batavia prompted Idenburg and Pleyte to decide to try to exert influence on the Malay and Dutch-language press in the Netherlands Indies. Pabst had called attention to rumours circulating in Tokyo that, in an effort to lure Japan away from the Allied camp, Berlin had promised it part of the Netherlands Indies. Alluding to this, Pabst suggested that in order to show the outside world the absurdity of such a German offer, it should be made widely known that the population of the Netherlands Indies did not desire another overlord and certainly not a Japanese one. Pabst's report impressed Idenburg and Pleyte. It induced them to accelerate existing plans to start a secret press offensive aimed at improving the image of the Netherlands Indies abroad.

Keywords: Batavia; European Community; Germany; Idenburg; Japan; Netherlands Indies



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