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Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis Nummer 131.3: Nederlands wereldrijk

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.

Author
Cátia Antunes, Kate Ekama, Joris van den Tol, Erik Odegard, Karwan Fatah-Black, Mike de Windt, Susana Münch Miranda, João Paulo Salvado
Date
04 February 2019

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.

The online articles are here available. 

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