LITERATURE ABOUT THE VOC


he quantity of literature concerning the history of the VOC is very large and still continues to grow. This bibliography in no way pretends to be complete. The aim has been to provide the reader with a survey of the most important literature. The literature has been divided into categories. Overlapping of the categories is inevitable.

Table of contents

A. VOC - General


I

BIBLIOGRAPHIES

II

GENERAL LITERATURE CONCERNING TRADE COMPANIES AND THE EUROPEAN AND DUTCH EXPANSION

General
The Netherlands
III

LITERATURE CONCERNING THE VOC ENTERPRISE IN THE NETHERLANDS

IV LITERATURE CONCERNING THE VOC IN ASIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
General
Batavia
Java
Ambon
Banda
Japan
China
Indochina
Thailand
India
Ceylon
Persia and Arabia
Cape of Good Hope


B. Source publications


C. Archival publications


I GENERAL
II VOC-ARCHIVES
III RELATED ARCHIVES IN THE DUTCH National Archives of the Netherlands
IV INDONESIA
V SRI LANKA, INDIA AND MALAYSIA
VI CAPE TOWN

D. Literature concerning maps

Literature pertaining to the history of the VOC has been placed in Category A. A relatively large place has been assumed by works about the VOC enterprise in the Republic (Category A III). By contrast, literature about the business in Asia (Category A IV) has been kept to a bare minimum. The selection here was strictest. This category only contains the most important introductory works, mostly monographies. They have been divided up according to region. Literature dealing with Asian and African history, in as far as this is connected to Dutch expansion, has been omitted.

The lists of the source publications (Category B) has also been restricted. Only large continuous series have been included. Published travel journals and reports have been left out. On the vicissitudes of the VOC archives in the Netherlands and in the places where archives have been preserved in Asia and South Africa (Category C), the bibliography is fairly extensive, but not exhaustive. For the cartography and maps of the VOC the bibliography is only very selective (Category D).

More extensive approaches are mentioned in the Category Bibliographies. Good annotated bibliographical introductions are moreover to be found in Overzee, Nederlandse koloniale geschiedenis 1590-1975 (Haarlem 1982), and in the Algemene geschiedenis der Nederlanden; as well as in Eberharhard Schmitt, Thomas Schleich and Thomas Beck eds., Kaufleute als Kolonialherren: die Handelswelt der Niederländer vom Kap der Guten Hoffnung bis Nagasaki 1600-1800. Schriften der Universitätsbibliothek Bamberg 6. Exhibition Catalogue (Bamberg 1988); and in Femme S. Gaastra, De geschiedenis van de VOC (2nd revised edition; Zutphen 1991).


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