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Terrence Jackson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824853587

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824853587.001.0001

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The World of Dutch Studies and an Information Revolution

The World of Dutch Studies and an Information Revolution

(p.1) Introduction The World of Dutch Studies and an Information Revolution
Network of Knowledge

Terrence Jackson

University of Hawai'i Press

During the early modern period, Japan underwent a widespread information revolution that helped feed momentum toward both cultural integration across Japan and cultural secession from the orthodox Tokugawa center. The intellectual pursuit of Dutch studies (rangaku) sat at the center of transformations in the demand for, and gathering and dispersion of, learning form the West. Dutch studies scholars (rangakusha) formed social networks that included intellectuals, doctors, interpreters, and members of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) who resided on the small island of Deshima in Nagaski harbor. Information circulation was depended on the strength of those networks. The network was guided by the exchange of social, economic, and cultural capital as defined by Pierre Bourdieu.

Keywords:   Dutch studies, rangaku, rangakusha, Dutch East India Company, interpreters, Nagasaki, Deshima, Pierre Bourdieu, capital

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