Book Review – ‘Dutch Sources on South Asia c. 1660–1825, vol. 4, Mission to Madurai: Dutch embassies to the Nayaka court of Madurai in the seventeenth century’ by Markus Vink
The volume reviewed is part of a series on Dutch sources on South Asia which originally began in 2001 as a bibliography and guide to all Dutchlanguage materials on the subject that are available in the National Archives at The Hague. The series editors and contributors hold the noble aim of making it possible for English-reading scholars to access the rarely used archives of the Dutch East India Company, or VOC (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) by initially publishing archival guides and now adding to their repertoire transcriptions, in original Dutch, and translations of select documents from this rich, vast and underexplored source material for the history of early modern South Asia. The VOC archives are available not only in The Hague but several repositories across the world, including Cape Town, Colombo, Chennai (Madras) and Jakarta. Numerous official depositories, including India’s National Archives at New Delhi also hold copies of select Dutch documents. The New Delhi collections are microfilms of the letters and papers received in the Netherlands known as OBP (Overgekomen Brieven en Papieren)….