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Open Access Chapter IX: Loyal subjects

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Chapter IX: Loyal subjects

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Manifestations of loyalty in themselves already served Dutch defence. In an attempt to show the outside world how pro-Dutch the local population was, Pabst had convinced Idenburg that this was necessary, in early 1915 Rinkes and the Residents of the Moluccas and the Minahasa were asked to list all manifestations of loyalty since the outbreak of the war. Rinkes was given additional instructions to try to influence the native press. The following year the campaign was stepped up after the arrival of Spijkman, who offered articles 'The Dutch voice' free of charge to Kaoem Moeda, Sinar Djawa, Oetoesan Hindia, and other Malay newspapers. Support for the Dutch did not abate. In an 'atmosphere of robbery and murder on a large scale', as one Indonesian sketched the situation in a Dutch-language newspaper in Batavia, the Dutch were still needed to protect and guide the population on its path to independence.

Keywords: Dutch defence; Idenburg; loyalty; Malay newspapers; Rinkes

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