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Open Access Chapter XXI: November 1918

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Chapter XXI: November 1918

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Revolutionary fervour reached an unprecedented intensity in the Netherlands Indies in 1918. In November 1918 the Residents in Java once again were given the authority to fix a maximum price for food, not only for staples but also for such products as tinned milk. Rice also had to be shipped to regions outside Java. In the East Coast of Sumatra the government created a special Office for Foodstuffs with branches in the subdistricts, which acted as the buyers of rice and sago and sold cheap 'government rice'. An ordinance to force estate owners outside Java to grow food-crops for their labourers was issued in September 1918. There was one difference with earlier food scares: the Spanish influenza. It climaxed in November 1918 and claimed an unprecedented toll of victims in that month.

Keywords: Java; Netherlands Indies; November 1918; Spanish influenza



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