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The Art of Staying Neutral

The Netherlands in the First World War, 1914-1918

Maartje Abbenhuis

424 pages
Amsterdam University Press
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.
Author Bio
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.