Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.291.389
Title: Lost in Translation? The Languages of Euro-Southeast Asian Diplomacy in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
Authors: Borschberg, Peter 
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2017
Publisher: Heidelberg University Publishing
Citation: Borschberg, Peter (2017-10-01). Lost in Translation? The Languages of Euro-Southeast Asian Diplomacy in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries. Konstruktionen Europas in der Frühen Neuzeit. Geographische und historische Imaginationen. Beiträge zur 11. Arbeitstagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frühe Neuzeit : 287-312. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.291.389
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Abstract: This chapter explores some of the issues related to Europe’s diplomatic engagement with Asia in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries with special attention placed on the early Dutch contacts with Southeast Asia in the period c. 1595–1620. The over-arching questions addressed are these: How did the Dutch present themselves to their Southeast Asian hosts and in turn, how were Southeast Asian princes, officials and their core political values translated and made accessible to the Dutch leaders in commerce and politics in Europe? What were the underlying assumptions of the Malay rulers in selected dealings with the Dutch? Four areas will be examined in more detail: first, translating ideas and institutions of the Dutch Republic into a Malay cultural framework; second, challenges faced by the Europeans in understanding the status and titles of local rulers; third, decoding Malay political values and concepts; and fourth, ways in which local governments and societies were transformed by the Dutch on treating them as republics.
Source Title: Konstruktionen Europas in der Frühen Neuzeit. Geographische und historische Imaginationen. Beiträge zur 11. Arbeitstagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frühe Neuzeit
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/154773
ISBN: 978-3-946054-51-1
DOI: 10.17885/heiup.291.389
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
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