The Dutch Empire between Ideas and Practice, 1600-2000

R. Koekkoek (Editor), A. Weststeijn (Editor), Anne-Isabelle Richard (Editor)

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages246
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-27516-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-27515-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameCambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies series


  • intellectual history
  • history of ideas
  • imperial ideology
  • exceptionalism
  • collective memory
  • colonial legacy
  • transnational and transimperial
  • East and West
  • Ideological resistance
  • perceptions of empire
  • longue duree
  • Early modern history
  • modern history
  • Contemporary public debate


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