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This is the concluding chapter of the book Dutch Scholarship in the Age of Empire and Beyond. After the Second World War and the decolonization of Indonesia, cultural-relativist criticism of the Eurocentric perspective became the norm within KITLV, often combined with a wide range of universalist concepts, including structuralism, the modernization theory and human rights. The book is based on a more specific definition of orientalism. Together with the political activities and political orientation of KITLV's members, the Institute's funding is one of the most important ties with the historical context within which KITLV developed. The book discusses that context has been analysed on a number of levels of abstraction. The most general was the level of world history, with general developments including modern imperialism, the two World Wars, the economic crisis, the decolonization and, most recently, the globalization process and the information revolution.

Keywords: colonial period; cultural-relativist criticism; Eurocentric perspective; KITLV; modern imperialism; Second World War



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