Lennart P.J. Bes
VOC archives, South Asia
|1968||born in The Hague, September 28|
|1980-1987||gymnasium, 1ste Vrijzinning Christelijk Lyceum, The Hague|
|1988-1991||studied cultural anthropology and sociology of non-western societies, Leiden University (propedeuse diploma)|
|1991-1997||studied Indology, Leiden University (propedeuse and doctoraal diploma)|
|1998-2000||assistant at Japan guide project, concerning Japan-related archives in the Netherlands, at National Archives, The Hague|
|2000-2008||staff member at the Towards A New Age of Partnership (TANAP) programme, at National Archives, The Hague|
|2003-2007||project manager of Baltic Connections, concerning common archival heritage of Baltic Sea countries, at National Archives|
|2004||assistant at Documentation Centre South Asia (Kern Institute) of Leiden University|
|2005-2011||staff member at Research & Information Department of National Archives of the Netherlands, The Hague|
|2011-2015||PhD researcher, Nijmegen University (Eurasian Empires programme, based at Leiden University)|
Special activities and positions
- Editor for journal Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, 2003-2006
- Secretary of ‘Association of Friends of the Kern Institute’ (VVIK), organisation of Indological lectures and other activities, 2004-2006
- Editor for series Dutch Sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825, source publications and archival guides, 2008-present
2001 “The Setupatis, the Dutch, and other bandits in eighteenth-century Ramnad (South India).” JESHO 44,4: 540-574. – for the correct accompanying map see JESHO 45,1 (2002).
– & Jos Gommans and Gijs Kruijtzer, Dutch sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825, vol. 1: Bibliography and archival guide to the National Archives at The Hague (The Netherlands), New Delhi: Manohar.
– Review of Joan-Pau Rubiés, Travel and ethnology in the renaissance: South India through European eyes, 1250-1625, Cambridge 2000. Itinerario: 25,2.
2003 “Hundreds of Rosetta stones and other patient papers: the Dutch records at the Tamil Nadu Archives, Chennai (Madras).” Itinerario 27,1: 93-112.
2007 Dutch Sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825, vol. 2: Archival guide to the repositories in The Netherlands other than the National Archives, New Delhi: Manohar.
– “Records in a rival’s repository: archives of the Dutch East India Company and related materials in the India Office Records (British Library), London (and the National Archives of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur).” Itinerario 31,3: 16-38.
– & Edda Frankot and Hanno Brand, Baltic connections: archival guide to the maritime relations of the countries around the Baltic Sea (including the Netherlands) 1450-1800, Leiden and Boston: Brill (The Northern World 36 I-III).
2008 “Bogus sadhus and famous rhinos: early-modern Dutch artists, missionaries, and scholars on South Asia.” IIAS Newsletter 48: 22-23.
2011 “Depiction of Dhaka in Dutch records.” In: M. Mufakharul Islam and Firoz Mahmud (eds), 400 Years of capital Dhaka and beyond, vol. 2, Economy and culture, Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, pp. .
2012 “Toddlers, widows, and bastards enthroned: dynastic successions in early-modern South India as observed by the Dutch.” Leidschrift: Historisch tijdschrift 27,1: 91-106.
– “Gold-leaf flattery, Calcuttan dust, and a brand new flagpole: five little-known VOC collections in Asia on India and Ceylon.” Itinerario 36,1: 121-134.
2015 & Gijs Kruijtzer, Dutch sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825, vol. 3: Archival guide to repositories outside the Netherlands, New Delhi: Manohar.