IOWC Research Associate: Markus Vink
Markus Vink is a Professor in History at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota (1998) with a thesis entitled “Encounters on the Opposite Coast: Cross-Cultural Contacts Between Representatives of the Dutch East India Company and the Nayaka State of Madurai in the Seventeenth Century.” He is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (JESHO) published by Brill Publishers in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Dr. Vink, whose languages include Dutch, German, French, and Portuguese, has received a number of awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2004) and the William T. Hagan Young Scholar Award (2001). His current research interests are focused on a wide range of issues related to cross-cultural encounters in early modern India and the Indian Ocean Basin, most notably slavery and the slave trade, international political economy, comparative institutional (business) history, the law of nations and the freedom of the seas, the relationship between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ trade systems, the ‘military revolution’, caste formation and identity, and representation and agency. His most recent publication is Mission to Madurai: Dutch Court Journeys to the Nayaka State of Madurai in the Seventeenth Century (2012), published as volume 4 in the series Dutch Sources on South Asia by Manohar Publishers in Delhi, India.
Other research interests include the histories of South Asia (1500-1800), the Indian Ocean (1500-1800), Southeast Asia (1500-1800), early modern globalization, the comparative early modern world (Asia and Europe), cross-cultural encounters, international political economy, overseas church and state, institutional (business) history, European expansion, the Dutch Republic, the “military revolution” and “modern” and “traditional” commercial networks.
Forthcoming Encounters on the opposite coast: The Dutch East India Company and the Nayaka state of Madurai in the seventeenth century.
Forthcoming The Madurai enterprise: The Dutch East India Company and traditional trade networks in southeast India in the seventeenth century. Dutch sources on South Asia. Delhi: Manohar Press.
2012 Mission to Madurai: Dutch court journeys to the Nayaka state of Madurai in the seventeenth century. Dutch sources on South Asia 4. Delhi: Manohar Press.
1991 Co-author (with George D. Winius), The merchant-warrior pacified: The VOC (Dutch East India Company) and its changing political economy in India. Delhi: Oxford University Press. (Reprinted as paperback by Oxford University Press in 1994.)
Articles, Chapters and Reviews
2011 "The Asian Mediterranean: Port-cities and urban networks in the Indian Ocean World." Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient/Journal d'Histoire Économique et Sociale de l'Orient 54.1: 405-416. (Review article)
2010 "A Mediterranean world-economy: The Arabian Seas in the 18th century." The Mariner's Mirror 96.4: 493-500. (Review article)
2007 "Freedom and slavery: The Dutch Republic, the VOC world, and the debate over the 'world's oldest trade.'" South African Historical Journal 59: 19-46.
2007 "A work of compassion? The Dutch slavery debate in the seventeenth century." In Contingent lives: Social identity and material culture in the VOC world, edited by Nigel Worden, 463-499. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press.
2007 Co-author (with Jean Taylor, Heather Sutherland and Robert Ross), "Comparisons and ways forward." In Contingent lives: Social identity and material culture in the VOC world, edited by Nigel Worden, 602-612. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press.
2007 "Indian Ocean studies and the 'new thalassology.'" Journal of Global History 2.1: 41-62.
2007 "Between profit and power: The Dutch East India Company and institutional early modernities in the age of mercantilism." In Between the Middle Ages and modernity: Individual and community in the early modern world, edited by Charles H. Parker and Jerry H. Bentley, 285-306. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
2005 "A match made in heaven? World-system analysis and Dutch Indian Ocean studies." In Rivalry and conflict: European traders and Asian trading networks in the 16th and 17th century, edited by Leonard Blussé and Ernst van Veen, 267-314. Studies in Overseas History, vol. 7. Leiden: CNWS Publications.
2004 "From port-city to world-system: Spatial constructs in Dutch Indian Ocean studies, 1500-1800." Itinerario 28.2: 45-116.
2003 "'The world's oldest trade:' The Dutch Indian Ocean slave trade in the seventeenth century." Journal of World History 14.2: 131-177.
(One of three readings in "Unit 14: Land and Labor Relationships" of Bridging World History, consisting of professional development and multimedia classroom materials to support the study of world history. The project's advisory board includes Jerry Bentley (University of Hawaii), Richard Bulliet (Columbia University), Ross Dunn (San Diego State University), Patrick Manning (Northeastern University), William McNeill (emeritus University of Chicago), and Anand Yang (University of Washington). Accessible at http://www.learner.org/channel/courses/worldhistory/unit_readings_14.html.)
2002 "Between the devil and the deep blue sea: The Christian Paravas, a 'Portuguese' client-community in 17th-century southeast India." Itinerario 26.2: 64-98.
2001 "The temporal and spiritual conquest of the Fishery Coast: The Portuguese-Dutch struggle over the Parava community of southeast India, c. 1640-1700." Portuguese Studies Review 9.1/2: 372-397.
2000 "'New' or 'high' imperialism, 1870-1914: Process and patterns." World History Bulletin 17.1: 16-31.
2000 "Church and state in seventeenth-century colonial Asia: Dutch-Parava relations in southeast India in a comparative perspective." Journal of Early Modern History 4.1: 1-42.
1999 "Cross-cultural encounters, 1500-1850." World History Bulletin 15.2: 31-39.
1997 "Images and ideologies of Dutch-South Asian contact: Cross-cultural encounters between the Nayaka state of Madurai and the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century." Itinerario 21.2: 82-123.
1995 "The Dutch East India Company and the pepper trade between Kerala and Tamilnad, 1663-1795: A geohistorical analysis." In Mariners, merchants and oceans: Studies in maritime history, edited by K.S. Mathew, 273-300. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors.
1993 Co-author (with George D. Winius), "South India and the China Seas: How the V.O.C. shifted its weight from China and Japan to India around A.D. 1636." In As relações entre a Índia portuguesa, a Ásia do Sueste e o Extremo Oriente, edited by Artur Teodore de Matos and Luís Filipe Reis Thomaz. Macao and Lisbon: CNCDP, Commissão Territorial para as Comemorações dos Descobrimentos Portugueses, Fundação Oriente; Instituto Cultural de Macau, Instituto Portugûes do Oriente. (Reprinted in Studies on Portuguese Asia, 1495-1689, edited by George D. Winius, 125-140. Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing.)
1991 "The entente cordiale: The Dutch East India Company and Portuguese shipping through the Straits of Malacca, 1641-1663." Revista da Cultura 13/14: 288-309.
1990 "Mare liberum and dominium maris: Legal arguments and implications of the Luso-Dutch struggle for control over Asian waters, ca. 1600-1663." In Studies in maritime history, edited by K.S. Mathew, 35-68. Pondicherry: Mission Press.
1990 "Passes and protection rights. The Dutch East India Company as a redistributive enterprise in Malacca, 1641-1662." Moyen Orient & Océan Indien / Middle East & Indian Ocean XVIe-XIXes 7: 73-101.
2007 "Expeditions, world exploration: Netherlands." In The Oxford companion to exploration, edited by David Buisseret, 282-283. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
2007 "Jan Huyghen van Linschoten." In The Oxford companion to exploration, edited by David Buisseret, 472-473. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
2007 "Heeren XVII." In Encyclopedia of Western colonialism since 1450, edited by Thomas Benjamin, 548-549. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.
2007 "Jan Pietersz. Coen." In Encyclopedia of Western colonialism since 1450, edited by Thomas Benjamin, 239-241. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.
2007 "Indian Ocean slave trade." In Encyclopedia of Western colonialism since 1450, edited by Thomas Benjamin, 1039-1041. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.
2004 "Dutch East India Company." In Berkshire encyclopedia of world history, edited by William H. McNeill, Jerry H. Bentley, David Christian, David Levinson, Heidi Roupp and Judith P. Zinsser, 583-586. Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group.
2004 "Dutch East Indies." In Europe, 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the early modern world, edited by Jonathan Dewald, 189-195. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
1996 "Hendrik Jansen van Barrefelt." In The Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation, edited by Hans J. Hillerbrand, 124-125. New York: Oxford University Press.
1996 "Hugo Grotius." In The Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation, edited by Hans J. Hillerbrand, 197-198. New York: Oxford University Press.
1996 "Justus Lipsius." In The Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation, edited by Hans J. Hillerbrand, 426-428. New York: Oxford University Press.
1996 "Philippus Rovenius." In The Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation, edited by Hans J. Hillerbrand, 453-454. New York: Oxford University Press.
1996 "Sasbout Vosmeer." In The Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation, edited by Hans J. Hillerbrand, 249-250. New York: Oxford University Press.
Forthcoming Review of The growth of non-Western cities: Primary and secondary urban networking, c. 900-1900, edited by Kenneth R. Hall. In Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient/Journal d’Histoire Économique et Sociale de l’Orient 55.
Forthcoming Review of Lords of the sea: The Ali Rajas of Cannanore and the political economy of Malabar (1663-1723), by Binu John Mailaparambil. In Anais de História de Além-Mar.
Forthcoming Review of From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The global trade networks of Armenian merchants from New Julfa, by Sebouh David Aslanian. In The Historian 74.
2011 Review of The Dutch trading companies as knowledge networks, edited by Siegfried Huigen, Jan L. de Jong and Elmer Kolfin. In Journal of Early Modern History 15.6: 587-591.
2011 Review of Fort Cochim in Kerala, 1750-1830: The social condition of a Dutch community in an Indian milieu, by Anjana Singh. In Journal of Portuguese History 9.1: 1-5. (Accessible at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Portuguese_Brazilian_Studies/ejph/html/issue17/pdf/v9n1a07.pdf.)
2011 Review of Xenophobia in seventeenth-century India, by Gijs Kruijtzer. In Journal of World History 22.1: 146-150.
2010 Review of Being 'Dutch' in the Indies: A history of creolisation and empire, 1500-1920, by Ulbe Bosma and Remco Raben. In Geschichte.Transnational: Fachforum zur Geschichte des kulturellen Transfers und der transnationalen Verflechtungen in Europa und der Welt. (Accessible at http://geschichte-transnational.clio-online.net/.)
2009 Review of Global history: Interactions between the universal and the local, edited by A.G. Hopkins. In Journal of World History 20.3: 435-439.
2009 Review of The western Indian Ocean: Essays on islands and islanders, edited by Shawkat M. Toorawa. In International Journal of Maritime History 21.1: 374-376.
2008 Review of Seventeenth-century Burma and the Dutch East India Company, 1634-1680, by Wil O. Dijk. In Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient/Journal d'Histoire Économique et Sociale de l'Orient 51.3: 525-529.
2008 Review of Dutch sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825, vol. 2, by Lennard Bes. In Itinerario 32.1: 130-132.
2008 Review of Imperial connections: India in the Indian arena, 1860-1920, by Thomas R. Metcalf. In Itinerario 32.3: 119-121.
2008 Review of Women and slavery, vol. I: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the medieval North Atlantic, edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers and Joseph C. Miller. In Itinerario 32.2: 134-137.
2008 Review of Resisting bondage in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia, edited by Edward A. Alpers, Gwyn Campbell and Michael Salman. In Itinerario 32.2: 142-143.
2007 Review of The faces of freedom: The manumission and emancipation of slaves in Old World and New World slavery, edited by Marc Kleijwegt. In Itinerario 31.1: 139-142.
2007 Review of Slavery and South Asian history, edited by Indrani Chatterjee and Richard M. Eaton. In Itinerario 31.3: 169-172.
2007 Review of A hundred horizons: The Indian Ocean in the age of global empire, by Sugate Bose. London and Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. In: Itinerario 31:2 (2007), pp. 161-163
2007 Review of The Dutch slave trade, 1500-1850, by P.C. Emmer. In Itinerario 31.1: 130-133.
2006 Review of Abolition and its aftermath in the Indian Ocean, Africa and Asia, edited by Gwyn Campbell. In Itinerario 30.3: 123-125.
2006 Review of The familial state: Ruling families and merchant capitalism in early modern Europe, by Julia Adams. In Itinerario 30.2: 162-166.
2006 Review of Hof en adel: Aziatische vorsten en de VOC 1620-1720, edited by Elsbeth Locher-Scholten and Peter Rietbergen. In Itinerario 30.2: 153-155.
2006 Review of Batavia: Een koloniale samenleving in de 17de eeuw, by Hendrik E. Niemeijer. In Itinerario 30.1: 159-162.
2005 Review of The world of the Indian Ocean, 1500-1800: Studies in economic, social and cultural history, by M.N. Pearson. In Itinerario 29.3: 133-136.
2004 Review of Maritime India, by Holden Furber, Sinnappah Arasaratnam, and Kenneth McPherson. In The Historian 67.3: 552-553.
2004 Review of The Arabian Seas: The Indian Ocean world of the seventeenth century, by R.J. Barendse. In The Historian 66.3: 604-605.
2004 Review of The Indian Ocean, by Michael N. Pearson. In Itinerario 28.1: 92-95.
2003 Review of Oud en nieuw Oost-Indiën, by François Valentyn. In Itinerario 27.3/4: 291-294.
2002 Review of De kleurrijke wereld van de VOC: Nationaal jubileumboek VOC, 1602-2002, edited by Leo Akveld and Els M. Jacobs. In Itinerario 27.2: 155-158.
2003 Review of Mughal warfare: Indian frontiers and highroads to empire, by Jos Gommans. In Itinerario 27.1: 117-121.
2003 Review of Mughal warfare: Indian frontiers and highroads to empire, by Jos Gommans. In Journal of Early Modern History 7.1/2: 172-178.
2002 Review of Castes of mind: Colonialism and the making of modern India, by Nicholas B. Dirks. In Itinerario 26.2: 150-153.
2002 Review of VOC-dienaar in India: Geleynssen de Jongh in het land van de Groot-Mogol, H.W. van Santen. In Itinerario 26.1: 167-169.
2001 Review of Dutch sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825, vol. 1: Bibliography and archival guide to the National Archives at the Hague (the Netherlands), edited by Jos Gommans, Lennart Bes and Gijs Kruijtzer. In Itinerario 25.3/4: 230-233.