The Social World of Batavia: Europeans and Eurasians in Colonial Indonesia

Paperback | March 16, 2009

byJean Gelman Taylor

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In the seventeenth century, the Dutch established a trading base at the Indonesian site of Jacarta. What began as a minor colonial outpost under the name Batavia would become, over the next three centuries, the flourishing economic and political nucleus of the Dutch Asian Empire. In this pioneering study, Jean Gelman Taylor offers a comprehensive analysis of Batavia’s extraordinary social world—its marriage patterns, religious and social organizations, economic interests, and sexual roles. With an emphasis on the urban ruling elite, she argues that Europeans and Asians alike were profoundly altered by their merging, resulting in a distinctive hybrid, Indo-Dutch culture.
    Original in its focus on gender and use of varied sources—travelers’ accounts, newspapers, legal codes, genealogical data, photograph albums, paintings, and ceramics—The Social World of Batavia, first published in 1983, forged new paths in the study of colonial society. In this second edition, Gelman offers a new preface as well as an additional chapter tracing the development of these themes by a new generation of scholars.

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In the seventeenth century, the Dutch established a trading base at the Indonesian site of Jacarta. What began as a minor colonial outpost under the name Batavia would become, over the next three centuries, the flourishing economic and political nucleus of the Dutch Asian Empire. In this pioneering study, Jean Gelman Taylor offers a co...

Jean Gelman Taylor is professor of history at the University of New South Wales and author of Indonesia: Peoples and Histories.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 16, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029923214X

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations       
List of Maps       
Acknowledgments       
Guide to the Text       
Preface to the Second Edition       
Introduction       

1: Origins of the City of Batavia       
    Population
    Institutions and Laws
2: Growth of the Settlement Society       
3: The Web of Colonial Society: Batavia and Environs in the Eighteenth Century       
4: The Assault on Indies Culture       
    The Enlightenment in Batavia
    The British Interregnum
5: The Destruction of VOC Society and the Creation of the New Colonial       
6: The Inner Life of Late Colonial Society       
Epilogue       
Further Explorations of European-Asian Encounters       
Maps       
Appendix 1: Family Trees       
Appendix 2: Governors-General and Their Wives       
Appendix 3: Family and Position in VOC Batavia       
Notes       
Glossary       
Selected Bibliography       
Index   

Editorial Reviews

“A most welcome update of Jean Taylor’s study of the role of women in the construction of Dutch colonial cultures in the East Indies, from the 17th to 19th centuries. This new edition provides a updating of her earlier arguments, drawing on new discoveries and sources and bringing the story into the twentieth century. A particular emphasis is given to visual depictions of colonial Indonesia. Once again Jean Taylor demonstrates her originality and insight in a revision which will ensure that Social World of Batavia remains a seminal scholarly work.”—Nigel Worden, University of Cape Town, author of Slavery in Dutch South Africa