The Dutch empire fulfilled the goals, interests and necessities of the central state, of the local elites and of the common man. This thematic issue of Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis goes beyond traditional views of the Empire as a ‘trading enterprise’, and argues that the Dutch empire, like all other empires, was a territorially expanding state that faced challenges regarding sovereignty, subjection and belonging across the globe.
The new avenues of research result in a broader understanding of what the Dutch empire was and the role the States General, the companies and the metropolitan and colonial societies played in its conceptualization and development. The articles in this issue move from binary narratives of the Dutch companies and their participation in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean trades to diversified tales where colonial history is part of Dutch national history rather than a separate historiographical category.
The articles in this issue, written by guest-editor Cátia Antunes, Kate Ekama, Joris van den Tol, Erik Odegard, Karwan Fatah-Black, Mike de Windt, Susana Münch Miranda and João Paulo Salvado all depart from an understanding of the Dutch Republic and empire as interconnected spaces of compromise, where the companies, their employees and the peoples under their dominium negotiated, in different arenas and platforms, to attain social, political and economic advantage.
Inhoudsopgave nummer 131.3
Themanummer: Nederlands wereldrijk. Nieuwe inzichten in oude onderwerpen
From Binary Narratives to Diversified Tales
Changing the Paradigm in the Study of Dutch Colonial Participation
Taking the companies to court
Wage litigation against the Dutch East and West India Companies in the High Court
Lobbyen in de zeventiende-eeuwse Republiek via petities, publieke opinie en persoonlijke relaties
Joris van den Tol
Het principal-agent probleem in de Nederlandse handelscompagnieën in de zeventiende eeuw
De ontbrekende schakels tussen compagnie en consumptie
Wie waren de grote opkopers bij de veilingen van de VOC in Zeeland in de achttiende eeuw?
Karwan Fatah-Black en Mike de Windt
The Resources of Others
Dutch Exploitation of European Expansion and Empires, 1570-1800
Cátia Antunes, Susana Münch Miranda and João Paulo Salvado