No European country enjoyed such long-standing relations with the Thai Kingdom of Ayutthaya as the Netherlands. This study focuses on the perceptions of the merchants of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) of the Thai royal court in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Basing herself on a wealth of Dutch primary sources, the author shows how trade, politics, and diplomacy shaped a unique relationship based on ‘partnership’ and a ‘sense of differences’. The book contributes to expanding the study of the history of Ayutthaya—known for its scarcity of sources— with the help of contemporary Dutch views.
Dutch East India Company Merchants at the Court of Ayutthaya
Wei-chung Cheng, Academia Sinica
The fall of the Ming allowed Cheng Ch’eng-kung—alias Coxinga—and his sons to create a short-lived but independent seaborne regime in China’s southeastern coastal provinces that competed fiercely, if only briefly, with Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and English merchants during the early stages of ...
Chris Nierstrasz’ In the Shadow of the Company, offers us an insight into the relation between the Dutch East India Company and its servants as it slipped into decline. This relationship altered dramatically in the eighteenth century under internal and external pressures.
Binu John Mailaparambil
Focusing mainly on the Mappila Muslim trading family of the Arackal Ali Rajas, this book throws light on the repercussions of European commercial expansion on the traditional socio-political relations in the South Indian kigdom of Cannanore during the early-modern period.
This study of the early modern fortress town of Cochin in India, based on the rarely used VOC archival deposits in the Tamilnadu State Archives in Chennai (Madras), provides an intimate portrait of a Dutch urban community of East India Company servants and their dependents living within the ...
This study analyzes how Prince Nuku succeeded in regaining independence for the Sultanate of Tidore by creating an alliance with the English and his Malukan and Papuan adherents.
Ghulam A. Nadri
Based on Dutch and English archival sources, this study analyses the political economy of Gujarat in the eighteenth century and situates the economic growth of the region in the broader context of the major issues and debates in the historiography of early modern South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
Focusing on Formosan agency in the encounter with Dutch colonialism and Chinese encroachment, this book reveals a fascinating picture of Taiwan in the early modern era.
Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri
This study analyses how in early colonial times, the peasant society of Sri Lanka underwent fundamental changes in the land tenure system as it faced the arrival of the Dutch East India Company administration's merchant capitalism.
This study of Dutch and British colonial intervention on Sri Lanka in the period 1780 – 1815 provides a new over-all characterisation of the functioning and growth of the colonial state in a period of transition.
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