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Dutch Perceptions Of The Colonial Order

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In 1809, Jacob Burnand wrote a paper for the second British governor, Thomas Maitland, about the Dutch mode of government. In some cases Burnand criticized the policies of Van de Graaff and referred to his own methods. How to deal with this picture of Burnand, should it be taken seriously, or did he portray an imagined situation for the purposes of illustration? Perhaps the paper was written in this way rather to underpin Maitland’s own “enlightened” line of approach. Moreover, the move to the periphery, the increased colonial intervention in the core districts and the emphasis on exploitation of the territories under Dutch occupation, resemble contemporary developments in Java. Interestingly, Governor Van de Graaff had never served on Java or elsewhere in the Indonesian archipelago. These similarities lead one to wonder whether it is possible to speak of a typical Dutch-colonial approach to new challenges in this era of change.

Keywords: colonial intervention; Dutch occupation; Indonesian archipelago; Jacob Burnand; Java; Thomas Maitland; Van de Graaff



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