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Corporate Governmentality in the Dutch Colonial Empire, 1815–1870
348 pages, 17 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-050-2 $130.00/£96.00 Hb Published (April 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-051-9 eBook
“Merchant Kings presents a fascinating and detailed study of corporate practices in the nineteenth-century Dutch colonial empire. It will make an important contribution to our understanding of corporations, colonization, and capitalism.” • Joshua Barkan, University of Georgia
“A well-written and compelling book, offering a new view on the nineteenth-century economy of the Dutch Empire.” • Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Utrecht University
In the nineteenth century, the Netherlands and its colonial holdings in Java were the sites of dramatically increased industrialization. Led by a group of “merchant kings” who exemplified gentlemanly capitalism, this ambitious trading project transformed the small, economically moribund Netherlands into a global power. Merchant Kings offers a fascinating interdisciplinary exploration of this episode and reveals not only the distinctive nature of the Dutch state, but the surprising extent to which its nascent corporate innovations were rooted in early welfare initiatives. By placing colony and metropole into a single analytical frame, this book offers a bracing new approach to understanding the development of modern corporations.
Albert Schrauwers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, York University, Toronto. He is the author of “Union is Strength”: W.L. Mackenzie, the Children of Peace and the Emergence of Joint Stock Democracy in Upper Canada (2009) and Colonial “Reformation” in the Highlands of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1892-1995 (2000).