The Art of Staying Neutral
The Art of Staying Neutral
The Netherlands in the First World War, 1914-1918
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Table of Contents List of Tables, Maps and Illustrations Acknowledgements Preface by Piet de Rooij Introduction: The War Knocked on Our Door, It Did Not Step Inside: The Netherlands and the Great War Chapter 1: A Nation Too Small to Commit Great Stupidities: The Netherlands and Neutrality Chapter 2: A Pack of Lions: The Dutch Armed Forces Chapter 3: Api Api: The Mobilisation July-August 1914 Chapter 4: Calm Amidst the Raging Waves: Defending Territorial Neutrality Chapter 5: Fugitives of War: Refugees and Internees Chapter 6: Shifting Sand and Gravel: Military and Economic Neutrality Chapter 7: Somewhere Between War and Peace: The States of War and Siege Chapter 8: Ash-Grey with Neutrality: Safeguarding Neutrality in the State of Siege Chapter 9: The War for Bread and Guns: Supply and the Fate of a Small Nation Chapter 10: No More War! The Furore over Leave and Demobilisation Chapter 11: This Dreary War: Expressions of Popular Frustration Chapter 12: All Hell Has Broken Loose: The Year 1918 Conclusion: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: The Paradox of Neutrality Appendices Illustrations Credits Notes Bibliography Index

Maartje Abbenhuis

The Art of Staying Neutral

The Netherlands in the First World War, 1914-1918

The Art of Staying Neutral offers a fascinating insight into the problems and challenges associated with neutrality in an age of ‘total war’. It explains how the Netherlands upheld and protected its non-belligerency during the First World War despite constant interference from its warring neighbours.
Staying neutral was an artform that the Dutch managed to master through clever diplomacy, conscientious adherence to international laws, comprehensive mobilisation of its armed forces, regular patrols of its territorial boundaries, careful policing of its citizens, and a decisive measure of good fortune. The Art of Staying Neutral makes important contributions to the study of neutrality and the domestic history of the Netherlands in this seminal world event.

Maartje Abbenhuis

Dr. Maartje Abbenhuis is lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests lie in the field of European neutrality studies as well as historical investigations of borderland theory.