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Cross-Cultural Encounters, Colonial ‘Civilizing Process’, And Indigenous Agency

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In the present study, Formosan agency as the local statement is the main focus. This chapter gives an insight on the key points discussed in the present book. It introduces the historical situation in Dutch Formosa, its major actors, and the general scope of observation of this study. It further offers a sketch of the Formosans, their livelihood and leadership, as well as an overview of Chinese encroachment in the pre-colonial era. The chapter also describes the dynamics of Dutch territorial expansion in Formosa. The local response to Dutch institutional establishment in the three dimensions of state formation, capitalization, and Christianization is analysed in chapters on embodiment of power, exploitation, and conversion. Lastly, the role of the Formosans in the power transition to the Chinese regime of Cheng Ch'eng-kung is observed.

Keywords: Cheng Ch'eng-kung; Chinese; Dutch; Formosan agency



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