dr. E.R. (Frasie) Hertroijs

Frasie HertroijsDr. Frasie Hertroijs received her Ph.D. at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in May 2014 for her doctoral dissertation ‘How knowlegde came from China to Europe. The role of Jesuits and VOC servants, 1680-1795’

PhD Research: ‘How knowlegde came from China to Europe. The role of Jesuits and VOC servants, 1680-1795’

In this thesis, ‘How knowlegde came from China to Europe. The role of Jesuits and VOCservants, 1680-1795’, the role of Jesuits and servants of the Dutch East India Company has been analyzed in the knowledge flow from China to Europe in the period of 1680 to 1795. Chinese ideas and practices gained a lot of interest in Europe in this period. The Society of Jesus had been the most prominent religious order in Asia for centuries. For a long time also the VOC was the strongest among the trading companies. Both organisations contributed to the flow of knowledge from China to Europe in their own manner. Jesuits translated Chinese books, and collected objects and personal observations. The VOC servants predominantly transported Chinese goods, and a few collected books and objects themselves. In addition, the VOC occasionally looked after the transport of letters and parcels of Jesuits in China.

Supervisors: prof.dr. C.A. Davids, prof.dr. J.M.W.G. Lucassen

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