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Empire and Science in the Making

Dutch Colonial Scholarship in Comparative Global Perspective, 1760–1830

  • Peter Boomgaard

About this book


Drawing on extensive new research, and bringing much new scholarship before English readers for the first time, this wide-ranging volume examines how knowledge was created and circulated throughout the Dutch Empire, and how these processes compared with those of the Imperial Britain, Spain, and Russia.


Britain British India empire enlightenment Europe Russia Spain

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Boomgaard
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.KITLVLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Rachel Carson CenterMunichGermany

About the editors

David Arnold, University of Warwick, UK Raquel Reyes, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK Klaas van Berkel, University of Groningen, Netherlands Gerry van Klinken, KITLV, Netherlands Michael Laffan, Princeton University, USA Marieke Bloembergen, KITLV, Netherlands Martijn Eickhoff, NIOD, Netherlands Peter Rietbergen, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands Siegfried Huigen, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa Gert Oostindie, KITLV, Netherlands

Bibliographic information


"Empire and Science in the Making is a complete, nuanced, and honest assessment of the Dutch colonial science in early 19th century" - Lien Socio