Cape Conflict

Protest and Political Alliances in a Dutch Settlement

Teun Baartman

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Cape Conflict

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ISBN: 9789087283346, 216 blz., December 2019, Engels
Formaat: 22.9 (h) x 15.2 (b) x 1.4 (d) cm. Gewicht: 321 gram.

Uitgever: Leiden University Press

beschrijving

In the historiography of the period of Dutch rule in the Cape of Good Hope, from 1652 until 1795, Cape burghers are represented as the perpetual underdogs bristling against the rule of a restrictive Dutch East India Company (VOC). But was this relationship really so antagonistic?
The author places Cape colonial society in the wider context of the Dutch Republic and, in doing so, compares the political structures, institutions and dynamics of the Republic and its overseas settlement. He shows that Cape residents in the middle and upper layers of society took their cues from the Dutch political world and that connections between Company administrators and burghers were fashioned in much the same way as regent families in the Dutch Republic formed political factions. Cape burghers were, in fact, able to influence policies in their favour by using the means open to them within the Dutch tradition of politics.
The author offers new evidence, new interpretations and a new narrative about well-known events in Cape history, based on an exploration of where the burghers came from, what their position was, and how the Cape political world operated. The picture that emerges is not a conflict between burghers and government per se but rather a fight for power between factions, consisting of both VOC officials and burghers, within the ruling elite.

Teun Baartman has a PhD in History from the University of Cape Town and is a consultant researcher to Outsiders Within, a research project involving the archives of the Cape Lutheran Church. He has contributed research to several such projects and published about eighteenth-century Cape history. His areas of interest are the Cape burghers and the connections between the Cape and the United Netherlands.

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over de schrijver(s)Teun Baartman has a PhD in History (University of Cape Town) and is a consultant researcher to Outsiders Within, a research archive project of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cape Town. He has contributed numerously to publications on burghers in the Cape Colony.toelichtingFrom 1652 until 1795, the Cape of Good Hope was a Dutch settlement marked by tensions, often portrayed as antagonism between the oppressive Dutch East India Company (VOC) and aggrieved burgher as the underdogs. However, by comparing the political structures, institutions and dynamics of the Dutch Republic and its overseas settlement, the author demonstrates that the relationship was more cooperative and that the Cape burghers were able to influence policies in their favour similar to the way burghers in the Dutch Republic did by forming political factions.

Using the Cape Conflict of the later eighteenth century as a case study, Baartman illustrates that it was in fact a fight for power between factions within the ruling elite, which consisted of VOC officials and burghers. This book offers new evidence, different interpretations and an innovative narrative about where burghers came from, what their position was, and how the Cape political world operated.
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