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The Fiction and Reality of Jan Struys

A Seventeenth-Century Dutch Globetrotter


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Kees Boterbloem
    Pages 1-6
  3. Kees Boterbloem
    Pages 17-28
  4. Kees Boterbloem
    Pages 29-41
  5. Kees Boterbloem
    Pages 42-52
  6. Kees Boterbloem
    Pages 53-63
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    Pages 64-72
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    Pages 73-87
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  14. Kees Boterbloem
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  15. Kees Boterbloem
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  16. Back Matter
    Pages 181-315

About this book


Dutch Sailmaker and sailor Jan Struys' (c.1629-c.1694) account of his various overseas travels became a bestseller after its first publication in Amsterdam in 1676, and was later translated into English, French, German and Russian. This new book depicts the story of its author's life as well as the first singular analysis of the Struys text.


bibliography English event fiction French genre German Russia Russian seventeenth century singular time

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of South FloridaUSA

About the authors

KEES BOTERBLOEM is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and McGill University, and teaches Early Modern and Modern European History at the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA. He is the author of Life and Death under Stalin (1999) and The Life and Times of Andrei Zhdanov (2004).

Bibliographic information


'Joins the best traditions of archival detective work with the latest in cultural studies to show who generated this seventeenth-century survey of the "Other" and how this work anticipated modernity - in its Orientalist "gaze" as well as in its capitalist inspirations. This combination makes The Fiction and Reality of Jan Struys a significant achievement not only to studies of early modern Russia, but also to the history of modernity and Europe's encounter with the non-Christian world.' - Daniel H. Kaiser, Grinnell College Grinnell, USA

'We should thank Kees for telling us the tale in this fascinating account.' Marshall Poe, New Books In History