Riding the Dutch Tiger: Dutch East Indies Company and the Northeast Coast of Java 1680-1743 (Verhandelingen Van Het Koninklijk Instituut Vor Taal-, Land- En Volkenkunde, 171) by Luc Nagtegaal, Beverley Jackson
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Riding the Dutch Tiger: Dutch East Indies Company and the Northeast Coast of Java 1680-1743 (Verhandelingen Van Het Koninklijk Instituut Vor Taal-, Land- En Volkenkunde, 171)
Luc Nagtegaal, Beverley Jackson
Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land (November 1, 1996)
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The Dutch colonial system in Java was long regarded as a model of profitable colonialism. The foundations for this were laid in the crucial period from 1680 to 1743, as the "Dutch ?East Indies Company gradually increased its control over the northeast coast of Java. This book, focusing on the history of those crucial years, explores the mechanism whereby a handful of Europeans came to dominate a huge Asian population. As it turns out, the workings of this mechanism lay in a symbiotic relationship between colonial authorities and indigenous rulers. Javanese princes used Dutch military power to their own ends, and in return smoothed the way for the Dutch East Indies Company in its economic exploitation of the country. The same period was crucial in shaping the economic basis for the success of the 19th-centrut Cultivation System. The author accordingly examines Dutch influence on sugar and coffee growing, the logging industry, and the rice trade. In the early 18th century, the northeast coast of Java was a laboratory of early colonialism, and this had repercussions on social relations in a mass rebellion against the indigenous elite. This study is based on hitherto unused documents in the Dutch
East India Company archives. The use of these as Javanese and Chinese sources has resulted in a new synthesis of the political, economic, and social history of Java.