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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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Giving Up the Governor

Giving Up the Governor

(p.229) Chapter Seven Giving Up the Governor
The Company and the Shogun

Adam Clulow

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the process of surrender by the Dutch East India Company as it attempted to reopen relations with Japan following the Tayouan incident. The company's attempt to reconcile with Japan—via the surrender of former governor Pieter Nuyts—had been a gross violation of the company's most-stringent policies even as it had been a necessarily symbolic act meant to convey the company's subordination to Asian dominance. The later gift of a chandelier also simulated this relationship between the company and the Tokugawa Bakufu. Objects, whether presented voluntarily or taken by force, provided important symbols of political, cultural, and military hegemony. A single item, when acquired and pressed into service in a public space could stand in for the wider subordination of lands and people.

Keywords:   Dutch East India Company, Japan, Tayouan, Pieter Nuyts, Tokugawa Bakufu, Asian dominance, political hegemony, surrender

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