Max Havelaar


Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (Dutch: Max Havelaar, of de koffi-veilingen der Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappy) is an 1860 novel by Multatuli (the pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker), which played a key role in shaping and modifying Dutch colonial policy in the Dutch East Indies in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In the novel, the protagonist, Max Havelaar, tries to battle against a corrupt government system in Java, which was then a Dutch colony.
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original title: Max Havelaar, of de koffie-veilingen der Nederlandse Handel-Maatschappij
subtitle: of de koffiveilingen der Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappy, of de koffie-veilingen der Nederlandse Handel-Maatschappij
date of publication: 1860
genre: political novel, double novel

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