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

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

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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