Ulbe Bosma

Ulbe Bosma is senior researcher at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

Listed in: History · Southeast Asian Studies




International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Book Prize
Shortlist Social Sciences

Being “Dutch” in the Indies · A History of Creolisation and Empire, 1500–1920
By Ulbe Bosma and Remco Raben · Translation by Wendie Shaffer

Being “Dutch” in the Indies portrays Dutch colonial territories in Asia not as mere societies under foreign occupation but rather as a “Creole empire.” In telling the story of the Creole empire, the authors draw on government archives, newspapers, and literary works as well as genealogical studies that follow the fortunes of individual families over several generations. They also critically analyze theories relating to culturally and racially mixed communities.

“This is a book that will give pleasure to many readers, while correcting popular stereotypes and entrenched scholarly assumptions. It can be highly recommended to anyone interested in colonial social history, or wider questions of cultural exchange.”

International History Review