The Dutch East India Company, personnel and native populations, 1602-1799: some relationships examined.

Dunne, Francis (2016) The Dutch East India Company, personnel and native populations, 1602-1799: some relationships examined. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation is concerned with analysing the relationships and interactions that the Dutch East India Company, or as it is known in Dutch, de Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, had with people from a wide variety backgrounds throughout its almost two century existence. The Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, which will be referred to as the VOC/Company throughout this study, was known for its cruel practices and barbaric treatment of people, both those who worked for it aboard its vessels, and also those it interacted with in Asia. Though the Dutch were in their golden age in the seventeenth century, their leading enterprise, which was chartered by the government, interacted in ways that may have horrified the people of the metropole, had they known of its exploits. These largely negative interactions will form the basis of the relationships examined. It shall be argued that the main reason behind the way the Company interacted with people was its desire to achieve financial success at any cost.
    Though the intricate history of the VOC has been examined by a number of historians, many of whom are Dutch, the topic that this dissertation concerns itself with is one that has not been collated effectively, as a significant amount of VOC historiography is focused on its commercial elements. This lack of direct study is one of the reasons this topic has been chosen, as although the Company’s relationships have been mentioned in its historiography, it is an area that has not been explicitly covered. Despite this, through the use of a wide range of secondary material, the relationships between Company and people from various backgrounds is assessed in this study. In addition, where possible, the use of various different primary material has been used to further this examination of the Company.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:28
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:28

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