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Wednesday, 1 March 2006, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Dutch East Indies Company - The First 100 Years

Dr Thomas Crump

A series of two lectures.

Dr Thomas Crump moved to Amsterdam in 1972 to take up an appointment in the University's Social Sciences Faculty, which occupies the original corporate headquarters of the VOC - the Dutch East Indies Company. His interest in the VOC goes back to 1980, when he set up a research project in Japan, where, for a period of more than 200 years, starting in the mid-17th century, the Company enjoyed a complete monolopy of foreign trade granted by the ruling shoguns. This was a extension of its successful exploitation of the wealth of the East Indies during the 16th and 17th centuries.

In the first hundred years, by facing off all its european rivals - where necessary by force of arms - the company brought unprecedented wealth to the Netherlands. This will be the subject of the first lecture.

The second lecture will focus on the VOC's second hundred years and will explain hows it slowly lost out on almost everything it had gained, to become bankrupt by the end of the 18th century - ending a remarkable period in the history of European colonialism.

Click here to see details on the second lecture.

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1 March 2006

The Dutch East Indies Company - The First 100 Years
Dr Thomas Crump

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