Dutch Commerce and Chinese Merchants in Java

Colonial Relationships in Trade and Finance, 1800-1942


Trading enterprise figures prominently in Indonesian history. Commercial activities penetrated deep into the economy, politics and society of the former Netherlands Indies. Dutch Commerce and Chinese Merchants in Java describes this, largely forgotten, world of commerce. During the period 1800-1942 this vanished world was, however, bustling. Merchants of very different background and stature cooperated and competed with each other. Trading relations were forged and dissolved, contracts were honoured and broken, fortunes were made and lost.
Using unpublished archival sources in Indonesia and the Netherlands Alexander Claver recounts the diverse trading mechanisms, complex credit relations and countless participants involved. How Dutch, Chinese, and Arab traders related to each other in such demanding business environment is the fascinating story of this book.
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Alexander Claver, Ph.D (2006), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, works at the Dutch Ministry of Defence. He has published articles and reviews on Indonesian and Dutch economic history. Currently, he is researching the history of the vanished Armenian population in Indonesia.
"...significant theoretical contributions to the field of overseas-Chinese studies."
– Guo-Quan Seng, in Journal of Chinese Overseas 12 (2016), p. 158-161.
All interested in Dutch and Indonesian (colonial) history, as well as anyone concerned with entrepreneurial and economic themes. In particular: institutes, academic libraries, specialists, students, educated laymen.
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