This piece is a labour of love.
During my second year at University, and while on a break in Holland,
the following question popped into my head: “If Shell, the fourth
largest company in the world, is 60% Dutch and 40% British, always
was, then why wasn’t its distribution of ownership renegotiated after
the Second World War, since the Netherlands had been invaded by
Germany and the Dutch East Indies fell to Japan?”
An inspiration, for my dissertation I had to do justice to the question.
A year thorough was spent on the project, along with all the other
stuff a final-year student has to manage. All that effort paid off. I
was awarded a ‘double-first’, with a recommendation for publication.
Royal Dutch / Shell and the Second World War
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