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The Dutch and English East India Companies were formidable organisations that were gifted with expansive powers that allowed them to conduct diplomacy, raise armies and seize territorial possessions. But they did not move into an empty arena in which they were free to deploy these powers without resistance. Early modern Asia stood at the center of the global economy and was home to powerful states and sprawling commercial networks. The companies may have been global enterprises but they operated in a globalised region in which they encountered a range of formidable competitors who frequently outmaneuvered or outfought their representatives. This groundbreaking collection of essays explores the place of the Dutch and English East India Companies in Asia and the nature of their interactions with Asian rulers, officials, merchants, soldiers, and brokers. With contributions from the most innovative historians in the field, this book presents new ways to understand these organisations by focusing on their diplomatic, commercial, and military interactions with Asia.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Introduction: The Companies in Asia
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. Part 1. Diplomacy
  1. 1. Scramble for the spices: Makassar’s role in European and Asian Competition in the Eastern Archipelago up to 1616
  2. pp. 25-54
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  1. 2. Diplomacy in a provincial setting: The East India Companies in seventeenth-century Bengal and Orissa
  2. pp. 55-78
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  1. 3. Contacting Japan: East India Company Letters to the Shogun
  2. pp. 79-98
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  1. Part 2. Trade
  1. 4. Surat and Bombay: Ivory and commercial networks in western India
  2. pp. 101-124
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  1. Part 3. Violence
  1. 6. Empire by Treaty? The role of written documents in European overseasexpansion, 1500-1800
  2. pp. 153-178
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  1. 7. 'Great help from Japan': The Dutch East India Company’s experiment with Japanese soldiers
  2. pp. 179-210
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  1. 8. The East India Company and the foundation of Persian Naval Power in the Gulf under Nader Shah, 1734-47
  2. pp. 211-236
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  1. Epilogue
  1. 9. The Dutch East India Company in global history
  2. pp. 239-256
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-262
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048533381
Related ISBN
9789462983298
MARC Record
OCLC
1097121827
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-06
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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