The Hidden Force by L. Couperus
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The Hidden Force is a 1900 novel by the Dutch writer, L. Couperus. In the novel, the protagonist, Van Oudijck, a Dutch resident, faces his own demise as a result of his inability to see past his Western rationalism. The East Indian people and countryside have no effect on him, and the ambiance of Java, coupled with the adverse behavior of their Javanese subjects, prove more powerful than the might and power of the colonials.

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Published March 30, 2011 301 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The New York Review of Books

The “liberal” policy, which meant the liberty of Dutch planters to exploit the colonies as they saw fit, was replaced by the “ethical” policy, which took a fuller account of native interests.

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