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The Company and the ShogunThe Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan$
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Adam Clulow

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164283

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164283.001.0001

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Planting the Flag in Asia

Planting the Flag in Asia

(p.205) Chapter Six Planting the Flag in Asia
The Company and the Shogun

Adam Clulow

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the European claims to sovereignty over territories in Asia. The conflict over the bay of Tayouan provides a rare case example of a clash played out between an Asian state and a European overseas enterprise over rights to a nonaligned space. The result was yet more frustration for the Dutch East India Company, which discovered that carefully constructed arguments about legal rights yielded no benefit when deployed before Bakufu officials who shared none of the same assumptions. As these points suggests, the conflict over Tayouan can best be understood as a clash between two world orders. On the one side was a distinctively European model of direct sovereignty over colonial possessions, and on the other was a hierarchical model of foreign relations organized around the voluntary submission of tribute and justified in those terms.

Keywords:   Tayouan, sovereignty, Asia, Bakufu officials, Dutch East India Company, European model, hierarchical model, foreign relations

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