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Embodiment Of Power

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Taiwan in the seventeenth century saw the trappings of power demonstrated in the Dutch attempt to introduce an effective colonial rule in the island. The practice of the Dutch mode of governance was associated with the cultural configuration process of civilizing the Formosans. The symbolism of 'colonial vassalage' and the conclusion of peace treaties between the Dutch and the Formosans both reified the notion of a 'social contract' connecting the rulers and the ruled. Differentiating Dutch dominance in Formosa begs the question of to what extent did the core area itself experience Dutch political administration, and by contrast, to what extent did the frontiers retain their autonomy? In this chapter, these two questions are discussed by investigating the Dutch management of colonial control.

Keywords: Dutch; Formosa; Landdag; power



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