Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9789087283346 Published March 2020 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Cape Conflict

Protest and Political Alliances in a Dutch Settlement

Teun Baartman

Cape Conflict

Teun Baartman

Distributed for Leiden University Press

240 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9789087283346 Published March 2020 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

From 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 the Cape’s aggrieved burghers. However, by comparing the political structures, institutions and dynamics of the Dutch Republic and its overseas settlement, the Teun Baartman demonstrates that this relationship was more cooperative and that the Cape burghers were able to influence policies in their favor 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 both VOC officials and burghers. This book offers new evidence, a variety of interpretations, and an innovative narrative about where burghers came from, what their position was, and how the Cape political world operated.
 

Review Quotes
Dr Wayne Dooling, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
“A significant contribution to the literature on the history of the early colonial Cape” 
Professor Gerald Groenewald, University of Johannesburg
“A highly original study and very significant in its historiographical import – it will change the way we think about the Dutch Cape.” 
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