The colonial 'civilizing process' in Dutch Formosa 1624-1662

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The colonial 'civilizing process' in Dutch Formosa 1624-1662

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: The colonial 'civilizing process' in Dutch Formosa 1624-1662
Author: Chiu, Hsin-hui
Publisher: TANAP/IGEER, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2007-05-10
Keywords: Colonial ‘civilizing process’
Cross-cultural encounters
Early modern history
Indigenous agency
Overseas Chinese
State formation
The Austronesian
The Formosans
Abstract: This is a study of the colonial ‘civilizing process’ in Dutch Formosa (Present-day Taiwan) between 1624 and 1662. Drawing inspiration from Norbert Elias, this study stresses on ‘the colonial “civilizing process” ’ which is applied to the inexorable process of retreat from the era of ‘Aboriginal Taiwan’ under different schemes of ‘civilization’ brought by Western and Occidental colonizers since Taiwan’s early modern history. Contrary to the Dutch East India Company’s intention of carrying out a ‘colonial mission’, local Formosan inhabitants underwent their first profound colonial ‘civilizing process’. According to this study, this process moved in accordance with Dutch understanding of civilization embedded in the grid of State, capitalism, and Christianity. The focus of this thesis is to look at the Formosan agency in perception, participation, and practice in the Dutch-Formosan colonial encounters within the context of Chinese encroachment. The thesis introduces the scope and scene, documents the Dutch island-wide expansion in Formosa, analyses the phases of political empowerment, economic exploitation, and Christian missionary in Dutch Formosa, and re-asserts the changing image of Dutch rule for the Formosans which was revealed in the nineteenth century.
Description: Promotor: J.L. Blussé van Oud-Alblas, Co-promotor: Tung Yuan-chao
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Chiu, H., 2007, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University

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