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Eugenics in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies

Hans Pols

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373141
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0021

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Eugenics in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies

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Eugenics has never held broad appeal in the Netherlands and is taken up far more enthusiastically in the Dutch East Indies. This article aims to investigate the characteristics of the racial and ethnic groups that inhabited the Indonesian archipelago, acclimatization, the consequences of crossbreeding, and the effects of rapid modernization. It discusses percieved threats to the quality of the Dutch population. It concerns the participation of eugenicists in public health discussions that focuses on the quality of the future population of the Netherlands. Tensions between racial and ethnic groups provide the main context for a growing interest in eugenics in the Dutch East Indies. This article discusses the main reason for the lack of success of the rather moderate eugenics movement in the Netherlands as related to the pillarization of Dutch society.

Keywords: eugenics; Netherlands; Dutch East Indies; public health; racial groups

Article.  7508 words. 

Subjects: History ; Colonialism and Imperialism

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