17th-Century Burma and the Dutch East India Company 1634-1680

by Wil O. Dijk

366 pp., illustrated
NIAS Monographs # 102
Available from NIAS Press in Europe

Paperback & CD - 2006, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 69 4, £25.00

• Broadens (indeed transforms) our understanding of 17th-century Burmese trade and political economy.
• To date, research on precolonial Burma has relied overwhelm-ingly on Burmese language sources, with European materials considered of marginal value.
• Wil Dijk has unearthed a veritable treasure trove of exceptionally rich Dutch sources that no one suspected existed.

Seventeenth-century Burma was rich in resources and for a while experienced peace and security. As a result, foreigners flocked to the country’s shores. The Dutch East India Company had one of the most active foreign operations in Burma during this period. Its vast archives discuss trade, but also contain detailed information about the people and places that VOC officials encountered in Burma. Wil Dijk’s account of this period opens a new window into Burma’s past. This is, in short, an impressive piece of scholarship.

The book is accompanied by a CD containing a range of appendices.

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    Carol Ann Boshier's book 'Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars of the Burma Research Society,1910-1935' has been shortlisted for the EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize 2019. Congratulations!

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