When Dutch merchants crossed the oceans and established their own ports and settlements, they shaped the many old and new worlds they encountered in very different ways. In this panel the researchers aim to go beyond a colonizer/colonised dichotomy by focusing on the varieties of cooperation and conflict in global encounters of the early-modern world. Our aim in this panel is to explore how connections were being established among groups and individuals with a particular focus on the Dutch. By analysing the degree of cooperation and conflict between Dutch and non-Dutch (European and non-European) actors in different parts of the globe, a variety of connections and disconnections comes into light, which provokes a discussion on the definition and use of terms like connection and comparison for the writing of global history.
15 Apr 2011
European Network in Universal and Global History Conference