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The Company Fortress : Military Engineering and the Dutch East India Company in South Asia, 1638-1795

Author: Erik Odegard
Publisher: Leiden : Leiden University Press, [2020]
Series: Colonial and global history through Dutch sources.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The remains of Dutch East India Company forts are scattered throughout littoral Asia and Africa. But how important were the specific characteristics of European bastion-trace fortifications to Early Modern European expansion? The Company Fortress takes on this question by studying the system of fortifications built and maintained by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in present-day India and Sri Lanka. It uncovers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Odegard, Erik.
Company Fortress : Military Engineering and the Dutch East India Company in South Asia, 1638-1795.
Leiden : Leiden University Press, ©2020
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Odegard
ISBN: 9789400603806 9400603800
OCLC Number: 1204135909
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 292 pages)
Contents: Frontcover --
Table of Contents --
Abbreviations --
Introduction --
Fortification and Urban Design --
The Military Revolution and its Effects on European Expansion: Fact or Fiction? --
Method, Sources, and Structure --
Chapter 1. Artillery Fortification at Home and Abroad --
The Italian Invention --
Adaptation in the Netherlands: The "Old Dutch System" --
French Developments in Defense and Siege Warfare --
Menno van Coehoorn and the New Dutch System --
The Trace Moderne of Cormontaigne-Ramecourt --
Beyond the Bastion --
Other Influences: Indo-Portuguese and Indian Military Engineering Conclusion --
Chapter 2. "A Company of Commerce, but also of State" The VOC in South Asia --
A Federal Company --
A Multitude of Monopolies : The Company and its Commercial Policies in Asia and Europe --
Soldiers, Sailors, Engineers: The Company's Armed Forces --
Conclusion --
Chapter 3. The Van Goens System: Building the Fortifications, 1650-1675 --
Controlling Territory and Commerce --
A Typology of the VOC's Forts in South Asia --
Rebuilding the Fortifications --
Conclusion --
Chapter 4. Criticism and Construction: Debating and Building the Forts, 1675-1700 --
Criticizing van Goens's Vision Designing the New Naarden in India: Van Reede At Negapatnam --
The Malabar Coast, 1670-1717 --
Conclusion --
Chapter 5. Mughal Decline and the Company: from Chowghat to Bedara 1717-1759 --
New Fortifications in Bengal and Coromandel --
Bengal, 1757-1759: A New Fort and Disaster at Biderra --
Conclusion --
Chapter 6. After Bedara: Attempting to Improve Defenses, 1759-1780 --
Engineers in India and on Ceylon --
Debating the Model Fortress: Negapatnam, 1760-1762 --
Ceylon from the War with Kandy to the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War --
Malabar 1760-1780: The Breakdown of Neutrality --
Conclusion Chapter 7. A Plague of Engineers: Ceylon 1780-1789 --
War: The Fourth Anglo-Dutch War in Asia, 1780-1784 --
The Beginning of the Post-War Debates --
Criticizing Reimer --
The Exact Science of Fortification: French Plans For Colombo, Galle, and Trincomalee --
Reimer's Rebuttal --
Conclusion --
Chapter 8. The Military Committee: The Generality Intervenes, 1787-1792 --
Colombo --
Cochin --
Galle --
Trincomalee and Oostenburg --
Conclusion --
Chapter 9. Fall of a Fortress --
The Fall of the System --
The British Verdict --
Conclusion --
The Military Evolution of the South Asian States Appendix 1. Some Remarks on Terminology and Illustrations --
Acknowledgements --
Bibliography --
Archival Sources --
Printed Primary Sources --
Literature --
Index --
Maps and Images --
Tables --
Backcover
Series Title: Colonial and global history through Dutch sources.
Responsibility: Erik Odegard.

Abstract:

The remains of Dutch East India Company forts are scattered throughout littoral Asia and Africa. But how important were the specific characteristics of European bastion-trace fortifications to Early Modern European expansion? The Company Fortress takes on this question by studying the system of fortifications built and maintained by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in present-day India and Sri Lanka. It uncovers the stories of the forts and their designers, arguing that many of these engineers were in fact amateurs and their creations contained serious flaws. Subsequent engineers were hamper.

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