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This is the introductory chapter of the book Dutch Scholarship in the Age of Empire and Beyond, which explains the abbreviated English translation of the book originally published in Dutch in 2001 commemorating the 150th birthday of the Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV, literally Royal Institute of Linguistics, Geography and Anthropology) in Leiden. In studying the history of KITLV, both discipline and context proved to be problematic terms demanding more detailed explanation. Orientalism and occidentalism, universalism and relativism together cover the various paradigms that directed the scholarly pursuits at KITLV over the last century and a half of KITLV history. Historian and linguist Koos Arens was responsible for a large proportion of the research into the institutional archive, with special attention for KITLV's financial relations.

Keywords: Dutch scholarship; KITLV; Koos Arens; occidentalism; orientalism



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