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Arche-trace (I)/Imperium: Holland as Hegemon within the Early Modern World-System

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The composition of De Indis was prompted by the privateering of the Portuguese carrack the Santa Catarina in the Strait of Malacca on 25 February 1603 by the Dutch admiral Jacob Heemskerck, Grotius' own cousin. This chapter discusses the European World System, Original Accumulation and Systemic Cycles of Accumulation, the Capitalist Logic of Power and Hegemonic Transition, Universalism and Imperium, Hierocracy and Conveyance of Dominium. Marxian essentialism, leads directly to the even graver accusation of teleology and Euro-centrism. If Modernity can be persuasively situated within the 'long' 16th century, then exogamous relations and circulationist modes of exchange can be assigned a causal importance equal to that of the economic relationships endogenous to the European (sub-) world system; indeed, the latter can even be regarded as having been 'de-constructed' through any successful demonstration of their iterable relationships with exogamous variables.

Keywords: European World System; Grotius; Hegemon; Holland; Modernity



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