The Contributions And Impact Of Dutch Imperialism In Indonesia

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Dutch Impacts Body Paragraphs: Dutch supremacy on Indonesia allowed an advanced interconnection in which societal structures and values were changed in positive and negative forms, impacting the indigenous people of Indonesia. The Dutch colonial reign allowed for unity among the natives and created a new “basic unit of administration in the Javanese countryside…tied the peasantry far more closely to the land then it had been in early colonial times” (Cribb, Robert). As the Indonesian laborers and aristocrats among the Archipelago interacted with Dutch soldiers and were inhabited by varied ethnicities; the Indonesian natives grew stronger together in adversity and were strengthened in patriotism. On a positive light the Dutch introduced several…show more content…
Moreover according to ‘Dutch Imperialism in Indonesia’ the “Dutch introduced advanced medicines, provided clean water and plumbing as Indonesians resided in uts around…show more content…
In the 18th century during the gradual decline of the VOC, production interests were shifted to production of coffee and sugar in Java which also to a “greater interference in Javanese politics” (Reid, Anthony). Moreover, upon the arrival of the Dutch, “the VOC became the arbiter in dynastic disputes and in conflicts between rival rulers…inevitably emerged as the main political entity in the archipelago” (Encyclopedia Britannica). Once advanced community structures developed, a variation of ethnicities (Chinese and Europeans, trading ships from China, Arabia and India) inhabited the Archipelago. Visitors in the 18th century reported Batavia trading docks were “always full of the flags of all nations, attracted by profit they are sure to make by it” (Haniggan, Tim). Thus implying that as a variety of trading ships were originating from differing countries, Indonesia was excelling as spices were valuable and were exchanged with “new export commodities with its naval or maritime dominance, the VOC, which was the preeminent presence of the regional commerce networks” (Haniggan, Tim). Furthermore, educational programs, governmental foundations, and ameliorated policies contributed to strengthened nationalism and political justices. By 1901 the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina proposed a new Ethical Policy which would be applied
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