Journal, Memorials and Letters of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge: Security, Diplomacy and Commerce in 17th-century Southeast Asia
“All in all, this is an exciting new set of translations, which will provide a valuable reference for historians of both Southeast Asian and world history for years to come.”
Robert K. Batchelor, author of London: the Selden Map and the Making of a Global City, 1549-1689
"The English translation of the letters and texts brings this valuable body of sources to a wider non-Dutch-speaking audience, which would otherwise remain oblivious to their relevancy. But the book breaks the linguistic and historiographic barriers even further, by using Portuguese materials and secondary literature to clarify and offer a contradictory to Matelieff’s writings."
Edgar Pereira, Leiden University
"By bringing these documents together and providing a translation into modern English, Borschberg certainly has done a service to scholars interested in the early years of the VOC, the history of European expansion in Asia, and the relations between European companies and Asian rulers.”
Pepijn Brandon, University of Pittsburgh
"Borschberg’s book is a substantially built account of an important phase in the history of the Dutch East India Company. Even for a Dutchman who can read the original source material and is familiar with the story and the period, the book offers a number of interesting vistas."
Leo M. Akveld, Rotterdam
"Beyond revealing Dutch military and commercial tactics, a valuable focus of this book is Matelieff ’s attempt at creating relationships with leaders across Southeast Asia through treaties signed with the rulers of Johor, Aceh, and Ternate."
Kris Alexanderson, University of the Pacific
"One of the most significant contributions of Borschberg’s analysis is the focus on previously overlooked information about how the Dutch encountered and navigated the agency of Malay political actors who were articulating local expectations and values."
Ali Humayun Akhtar, Bates College, University of Wisconsin
"The readership of this book will include experts in the field, who will be filled with admiration for Borschberg's research, analysis, his mastery of language, his knowledge and careful description of the sources."
Nicholas Tarling, New Zealand Asia Institute, The University of Auckland
"This book speaks to a new phase in historical studies of Asia: the critical re-examination of the source materials on which all historical interpretation has to be based."
Anthony Milner, Australian National University
"In making Matelieff's work available for the first time in English, Borschberg has rendered a tremendous service to the field."
Adam Clulow, Monash University
"The book makes a major contribution toward understanding the generally neglected history of the Portuguese in Southeast Asia and the South China Sea region during the 17th century, and Borschberg demonstrates a remarkable grasp of Portuguese-language sources - a rare achievement for an English-speaking historian."
Manuel Lobato, Portuguese Institute of Tropical Research (IICT), Lisbon
Peter Borschberg is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and teaches history at the National University of Singapore. He is a also a Visiting Professor at the Asia-Europe Institute at the University of Malaya as well as a Guest Professor in Modern History at the University of Greifswald. He has authored The Singapore and Melaka Straits: Violence, Security and Diplomacy in the 17th Century, The Memoirs and Memorials of Jacques de Coutre: Security, Trade and Society in 16th- and 17th-century Southeast Asia, Jacques de Coutre's Singapore and Johor 1594-c. 1625 and Hugo Grotius, the Portuguese, and Free Trade in the East Indies.
Publication Year: 2015
704 pages, 257mm x 178mm