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Gerrit Knaap

  • Professor Gerrit Knaap
  • Senior researcher
  • Department of History
  • Specialisation: Overseas and colonial history
  • gerrit.knaap@huygens.knaw.nl
  • +31 (0)20-2246905

Biography

Gerrit Knaap is senior researcher at Huygens ING and Professor of Overseas and Colonial History at Utrecht University. He studied history and obtained his Ph.D at Utrecht University. Previously, he held several positions in research and education, amongst others at Utrecht University, Free University Amsterdam, Leiden University and the Royal Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies. He was co-founder/secretary of the Foundation for the Oral History in Indonesia and initiator/creator of VOC-Kenniscentrum (www.voc-kenniscentrum.nl). On behalf of Huygens ING Gerrit Knaap is nominated endowed professor at the Humanities Faculty of Utrecht University to teach ‘Overseas and colonial history’. His research interest concerns the history of the Netherlands in Asia and the South Atlantic, in particular during the colonial period. In this broad field he focuses on the interaction between Western and non-Western persons, groups and institutions.

Research and other projects

Additional positions

  • Professor Overzeese en Koloniale Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht

Major publications

  • Oorlogen Overzee; Militair optreden door compagnie en staat buiten Europa, 1595-1814, Amsterdam 2015. Militaire Geschiedenis van Nederland, deel 5. [in samenwerking met Henk den Heijer en Michiel de Jong, onder redactie van Thijs Brocades Zaalberg en Petra Groen]
  • Monsoon Traders; Ships, skippers and commodities in eighteenth-century Makassar (Leiden 2004). Verhandelingen KITLV 224. [met Heather Sutherland]
  • The Dutch East India Book. Zwolle 2017. W Books. [edited volume; in samenwerking met Ron Guleij, Paul Brood, Thomas Dresscher en Arjan Poelwijk; vertaling Floris van den Broecke en Thomas Dresscher]
  • Het Grote VOC Boek. Zwolle 2017. W Books. [edited volume; in samenwerking met Ron Guleij, Paul Brood, Thomas Dresscher en Arjan Poelwijk]
  • De ‘core business’ van de VOC; Markt, macht en mentaliteit vanuit overzees perspectief, Utrecht 2014. Oratie uitgesproken bij de aanvaarding van het ambt van bijzonder hoogleraar Overzeese en koloniale geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
  • The Dutch East India Book. Zwolle 2017. W Books. [edited volume; in samenwerking met Ron Guleij, Paul Brood, Thomas Dresscher en Arjan Poelwijk; vertaling Floris van den Broecke en Thomas Dresscher]
  • Het Grote VOC Boek. Zwolle 2017. W Books. [edited volume; in samenwerking met Ron Guleij, Paul Brood, Thomas Dresscher en Arjan Poelwijk]
  • ‘Semarang, a Colonial Provincial Capital and Port City in Java, c. 1775’, in: Ulbe Bosma and Anthony Webster (eds), Commodities, Ports and Asian Maritime Trade since 1750 (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), 79-94.
  • Islamic Resistance in the Dutch Colonial Empire’, in David Motadel (ed.), Islam and the European Empires (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 213-227. [The Past & Present Book Series]

Digital applications and publications

  • ‘Complaints lodged by the Inhabitants of Hunut on the Island of Ambon, 14 July 1695’,Harta Karun; Hidden treasures on Indonesian and Asian-European History from the VOC Archives in Jakarta, document 8, www.sejarah-nusantara.anri.go.id.
  • Boekhouder-Generaal Batavia. Het goederenvervoer van de Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie in de achttiende eeuwwww.bgb.huygens.knaw.nl [2013, samen met Judith Schooneveld-Oosterling en anderen]
  • The Dutch in the Caribbean World, C. 1670-C.1870www.dutch-caribbean.huygens.knaw.nl[2013, samen met Marijcke Schillings, Han Jordaan en Henk-Jan van Dapperen]

Publications

Research output in Pure

Activities in Pure