The Newsletter 58 Autumn 2011

The cultural crossroads: St. Petersburg, Batavia, Amsterdam

Irina Katkova

The archives and libraries of the Netherlands, Indonesia and Great Britain preserve many collections of Malay written documents: witnesses to the long history of presence and activity of Dutch and British trading companies in the Malay Archipelago. Our exploration of these documents brought us to three cities – St. Petersburg, Batavia and Amsterdam – and conjured past images of their 17th and 18th century histories.

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