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The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan

Adam Clulow


The Dutch East India Company was a hybrid organization combining the characteristics of both corporation and state that attempted to thrust itself aggressively into an Asian political order in which it possessed no obvious place and was transformed in the process. This book focuses on the company's clashes with Tokugawa, Japan, over diplomacy, violence, and sovereignty. In each encounter the Dutch were forced to retreat, compelled to abandon their claims to sovereign powers, and to refashion themselves again and again—from subjects of a fictive king to loyal vassals of the shogun, from aggress ... More

Keywords: Dutch East India Company, Tokugawa, Japan, diplomacy, violence, sovereignty, Dutch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164283
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Clulow, author
Monash University, Clayton Campus