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Open Access Chapter XIII: The consequences of economic warfare

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Chapter XIII: The consequences of economic warfare

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By November 1914 the heading 'The economic war' appeared above the war telegrams in the Dutch-language newspapers in the Netherlands Indies alongside others like 'War at sea' and 'War in the sky'. Confronted with this special kind of warfare, the Netherlands had to find a way to accommodate both Allied and German demands, and from time to time had to parry severe threats from both sides. Pleyte himself wrote a long letter to Loudon on 11 September 1914. He called attention to the 'grave consequences' for the colonial economy of the detainment of ships. The estates in the Netherlands Indies had survived the August crisis, but it was vital that their products reached their markets. The colonial economy had felt the consequences of war, but these did not have to be as drastic as they were in Europe.

Keywords: Dutch-language newspapers; economic warfare; Netherlands Indies



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