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Biography of Maarten Kuitenbrouwer

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This chapter presents the biography of Maarten Kuitenbrouwer. Maarten Kuitenbrouwer goes beyond a factual summary and links KITLV history to historiographical concepts in a broader context, such as orientalism, occidentalism, universalism and relativism. He places KITLV in the larger international setting of institutions concerned with past and present colonies in the East and West. Kuitenbrouwer himself said that his book contained a 'contextualized history'. At the beginning of the 21st century Kuitenbrouwer summarized his own conclusion from 1991: 'Dutch expansion in Indonesia can certainly be called imperialistic, with the Netherlands' rather unusual status as a small power explaining a number of deviations from the general pattern of modern imperialism'. Kuitenbrouwer was occupied with the present commemorative book and requests to write about Dutch development aid and human rights.

Keywords: Dutch development; KITLV history; Maarten Kuitenbrouwer; modern imperialism; Netherlands; occidentalism; orientalism; relativism



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