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Open Access Chapter XVII: Growing domestic unrest

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Chapter XVII: Growing domestic unrest

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De Expres published the report of the inaugural meeting of the Indische Sociaal-Democratische Vereeniging (ISDV, Indies Social Democratic Union), as it was soon re-christened. It was the only time that its readers, used to excessive praise of Douwes Dekker in the pages of De Expres, read less flattery words about their hero in their favourite newspaper. The criticism of Insulinde and the not very complimentary remarks made about Douwes Dekker had not been expurgated. ISDV members had said that Douwes Dekker was not a social democrat at all. He was a nationalist-anarchist. The uneasy partnership between Insulinde and the ISDV would not last long. Their leaders had completely different political ideals. Sneevliet admired Douwes Dekker's courage and his disregard for racial differences, but the glorification of Douwes Dekker and the veneration with which 'DéDéisme' was presented offended him.

Keywords: De Expres; Douwes Dekker; ISDV; Netherlands Indies



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