Images of the Tropics: Environment and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia
Images of the Tropics critically examines Dutch colonial culture in the Netherlands Indies through the prism of landscape art. Susie Protschky contends that visual representations of nature and landscape were core elements of how Europeans understood the tropics, justified their territorial claims in the region, and understood their place both in imperial Europe and in colonized Asia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her book thus makes a significant contribution to studies of empire, art and environment, as well as to histories of Indonesia and Europe.
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INTRODUCTION Environment and visual culture in theNetherlands Indies
CHAPTER ONE Historicizing colonialism The legacy of images made during the East India Company period in Dutch ways of seeing
CHAPTER TWO Narratives of expansion Colonial landscape images and empire building
CHAPTER THREE Naturalizing conquest Rural idylls in colonial painting
CHAPTER FOUR Articles of faith Religion fear and fantasy in Indies landscapes
CHAPTER FIVE Seductions of the tropics Race class and gender in colonial images of nature and landscape
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Aceh Aceh War agriculture Ambon Asian audiences Bali Balinese Batavia Boomgaard Borobudur British Buitenzorg chapter colonial art colonial artists colonial expansion colonial images colonial landscape colonial painting colonial period colonial rule colonial visual culture colonists conquest context cultivation Daendels depicted Diponegoro draftspeople Dutch colonial Dutch rule early modern early twentieth century East East Java economic elite environment Europe European Figure frequently gardens genre Geusau historical images of Indies imperial Indies landscapes Indies paintings indigenous Indonesian Islamic island Java Javanese kitlv labour land landscape art landscape paintings late nineteenth century late-colonial period Mahieu military mountain Multatuli Muslim nature Netherlands Indies Nieuwenhuys nineteenth and early official ough painters panoramic Paulides peasant photographs plantation planters political portrait Post Road Prambanan Raden Saleh region representations represented rural Salm’s Scalliet scenes scholars seventeenth century Southeast Asia sovereignty Spies Stuers Sumatra Székely-Lulofs temple themes Vickers visual culture Walter Spies Willem women Woodbury Zandvliet