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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
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The Dutch Empire between Ideas and Practice, 1600–2000

Editors: Koekkoek, René, Richard, Anne-Isabelle, Weststeijn, Arthur (Eds.)

  • Explores the intellectual history of the Dutch empire from the sixteenth century to the postcolonial era, going beyond systemic thinkers to understand how empire was perceived in day-to-day life
  • Takes a transnational and transimperial approach to the Dutch empire, connecting European, American, African and Sian contexts by exploring how imperial actors thought about empire
  • Bridges the divide between early modern and modern scholarly approaches, revealing and contextualizing the continuities and ruptures in the development of various concepts, ideas and visions of Dutch empire
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This volume explores the intellectual history of the Dutch Empire from a long-term and global perspective, analysing how ideas and visions of empire took shape in imperial practice from the seventeenth century to the present day. Through a series of case studies, the volume critically unearths deep-rooted conceptions of Dutch imperial exceptionalism and shows how visions of imperial rule were developed in metropolitan and colonial contexts and practices. Topics include the founding of the Dutch chartered companies for colonial trade, the development of commercial and global visions of empire in Europe and Asia, the continuities and ruptures in imperial ideas and practices around 1800, and the practical making of empire in colonial court rooms and radio broadcasting. Demonstrating the relevance of a long-term approach to the Dutch Empire, the volume showcases how the intellectual history of empire can provide fresh light on postcolonial repercussions of empire and imperial rule.

Chapter 1, Chapter 3, Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.


About the authors

René Koekkoek is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. 

Anne-Isabelle Richard is Assistant Professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands. 

Arthur Weststeijn is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. 


Reviews

“This is one of those examinations of a subject which was not thought to exist. Simply by being written, this book changes the field of study. Dutch imperialism and colonial rule was thought to be free of ideology, the work purely of “practical” men. In a very sophisticated way, this book shows how the Dutch thought Empire, not necessarily in abstract terms. This is a well-argued, well-written, well researched and convincing collection.” (Robert Ross, Professor Emeritus, Leiden University Institute for History, the Netherlands)
“The intellectual history of empire has boomed over the past twenty years, but, despite outstanding individual contributions, the Dutch empire has not received the same attention as the British or the Spanish in particular. Moreover, the myth of a relatively benign Dutch empire, established by the republic, has been difficult to dislodge. This volume does not simply bring the scholarship into line with the broader historiography of European empires.  It leapfrogs it by producing an intellectual history that focuses upon practices more than canonical authors, by exploring the ideas prevalent in colonial government, law and the courtroom, and articulated by imperial agents, while bringing those intermediate actors back into dialogue with a dethroned canon.  This brilliant volume is a model for all historians of empire and all intellectual historians.” (Andrew Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dutch Empire between Ideas and Practice, 1600–2000
Editors
  • René Koekkoek
  • Anne-Isabelle Richard
  • Arthur Weststeijn
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27516-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27516-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27515-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 217
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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