The Art of Staying Neutral: The Netherlands in the First World War, 1914-1918

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Amsterdam University Press, 2006 - History - 423 pages
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An insightful account of the challenges of neutrality in an era of total war, The Art of Staying Neutral shows how the Netherlands remained peaceful throughout World War I. This sustained neutrality, Maartje Abbenhuis demonstrates, was the result of many factors, including masterly diplomacy, careful adherence to international laws and a decisive measure of good fortune. Neutrality, however, did not come without considerable costs to the nation’s economy and security. 

This book is a major contribution both to the study of neutrality and the domestic history of the Netherlands.

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Maartje Abbenhuis lectures in modern European history at the University of Auckland.    

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