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Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company (Studies in Comparative World History)

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Ward argues that the Dutch East India Company empire manifested itself through multiple networks that amalgamated spatially and over time into an imperial web whose sovereignty was effectively created and maintained but always partial and contingent. Networks of Empire proposes that early modern empires were comprised of durable networks of trade, administration, settlement, legality, and migration whose regional circuits and territorially and institutionally based nodes of regulatory power operated not only on land and sea but discursively as well. Rights of sovereignty were granted to the Company by the States General in the United Provinces. Company directors in Europe administered the exercise of sovereignty by Company servants in its chartered domain. The empire developed in dynamic response to challenges waged by individuals and other sovereign entities operating within the Indian Ocean grid. By closely examining the Dutch East India Company's network of forced migration this book explains how empires are constituted through the creation, management, contestation, devolution and reconstruction of these multiple and intersecting fields of partial sovereignty.

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Ward examines the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a merchant empire. Although its first concern was profit, the VOC operated as an empire within a state exercising sovereignty in its Indian Ocean realm beyond the restraint and control of the Netherlands. Networks of Empire grapples with the theoretical nature of empire, arguing that the primary metaphor of rise and fall of empires has less explanatory power than that of the integration and disintegration of imperial circuits. It examines how empires exist through the movement and control of people within its realm. It proposes a new concept of diaspora to demonstrate how all empires have unique networks of free and forced migration through which imperial rulers and subjects are constituted as settlers, slaves, convicts and exiles, and through which people collaborate and resist the control over their bodies and their fates.

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ISBN:
9780521885867
Author:
Ward, Kerry
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Nederlandsche oost-indische compagnie
Subject:
Forced migration - History
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Series:
Studies in Comparative World History
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
9.20x6.20x1.00 in. 1.35 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Ward examines the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a merchant empire. Although its first concern was profit, the VOC operated as an empire within a state exercising sovereignty in its Indian Ocean realm beyond the restraint and control of the Netherlands. Networks of Empire grapples with the theoretical nature of empire, arguing that the primary metaphor of rise and fall of empires has less explanatory power than that of the integration and disintegration of imperial circuits. It examines how empires exist through the movement and control of people within its realm. It proposes a new concept of diaspora to demonstrate how all empires have unique networks of free and forced migration through which imperial rulers and subjects are constituted as settlers, slaves, convicts and exiles, and through which people collaborate and resist the control over their bodies and their fates.
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