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The Formosans In The Colonial ‘Civilizing Process’

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This chapter demonstrates that the presumed Dutch superiority regarding their own level of civilization-as for instance became clear from some early accounts in which the Formosans were depicted as being 'altogether barbaric people' yet 'willing to learn something'-paved the way for the colonial 'civilizing process' of the Formosans. This process manifested itself in the dynamic transformation which took place after the introduction of statist power, capitalism, and Christianity by the Dutch with various shades of colonial rule in the core and on the frontiers. Being involved in the colonial 'civilizing process' under different forms of colonialism, the Formosans managed to participate actively in shaping their colonial reality.

Keywords: civilization; colonialism; Dutch; Formosa



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