The Colonial 'Civilizing Process' in Dutch Formosa, 1624-1662


Author: Hsin-hui Chiu
This book studies the dynamic encounter between Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples (the Formosans), the Dutch VOC and Chinese settlers between 1624 and 1662. From the viewpoint of indigenous agency, the author offers a comprehensive picture of the Taiwanese colonial 'civilizing process' under Dutch rule. Using so far unexplored source materials from the VOC archives, the author shows how Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples shaped their own colonial reality while retreating from 'the Age of Aboriginal Taiwan'.

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H. H. Chiu (1967) is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. She obtained her MA degree in Anthropology at National Taiwan University (NTU) and received her doctorate in History at Leiden University in 2007. Her main interests are historical and anthropological Austronesian studies.
All those interested in early Taiwanese history, the history of Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples, the history of colonial encounters, and Austranesian studies.