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Exploring the Dutch Empire


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Explores Dutch participation in and contribution to globalisation through a study of the Dutch empire in Asia, Africa and the Americas

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Preface Catia Antunes and Jos Gommans Introduction Catia Antunes PART I: AGENTS 1. South Asian Cosmopolitanism and the Dutch Microcosms in Seventeenth-Century Cochin (Kerala) Jos Gommans 2. Negotiating Foreignness in the Ottoman Empire: The Legal Complications of Cosmopolitanism in the Eighteenth Century Maurits van den Boogert 3. Pioneering in Southeast Asia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century Anita van Dissel 4. Nodal Ndola Robert Ross and Anne-Lot Hoek PART II: NETWORKS 5. The Networks of Dutch Brazil: Rise, Entanglement and Gall of a Colonial Dream Catia Antunes, Erik Odegard and Joris van den Tol 6. Networks of Information: The Dutch East Indies Charles Jeurgens 7. Paramaribo: Myriad Connections, Multiple Identifications Peter Meel 8. The Global Dutchman in Indonesian Waters J. Thomas Lindblad PART III: INSTITUTIONS 9. `Not out of Love, but for Money and Profit': The Dutch-Japanese Trade from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Centuries Wim Boot 10. Institutional Interaction on the Gold Coast: African and Dutch Institutional Cooperation in Elmina, 1600-1800 Henk den Heijer 11. Conflict Resolution, Social Control and Law-Making in Eighteenth-Century Dutch Sri Lanka Alicia Schrikker 12. Curacao: Insular Nationalism vis-a-vis Dutch (Post-)Colonialism Gert Oostindie Conclusion: Globalizing Empire: The Dutch Case Jos Gommans Further Reading Index

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Catia Antunes is Associate Professor of Early Modern Economic and Social History at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is the author of Globalization in the Early Modern Period (2004). Jos Gommans in Professor of Colonial and Global History at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is author of The Rise of the Indo-Afghan Empire, 1710-1780 (1999) and Mughal Warfare (2002).


The individual essays are uniformly very good - they are exceptionally readable for this sort of genre, and they are likewise enjoyable and informative - and they collectively immerse the reader in a wide swath of the Netherlands' overseas colonies and engagements. * The English Historical Review *
[An] excellent and enjoyable overview of Leiden scholarship on Dutch colonial history. * European History Quarterly *

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