The Dutch Golden Age and the World
March 30-31, 2007
The Dutch are widely recognized as pioneers in the global expansion of Europe. However, study of the Dutch experience has tended to be sporadic and segmented. This is both a product and consequence of the peculiar circumstances of the Dutch Golden Age. Dutch expansion was preceded by the Spanish and superseded by the British, and the Dutch empire that emerged lacked the coherence and power of its rivals. This workshop brought into conversation a number of scholars working on various areas of Dutch involvement in the wider world of the Golden Age (late 16th–late 17th centuries). The goal was to begin to piece together a unified picture of Dutch activities at home and abroad during the Golden Age, or to at least study whether such an effort is possible.