In the 17th century European nations expanded into the world. Their trading posts dotted the newly detailed maps of coastal Africa and the Far East. Their colonies shaded even the unmapped and unknown illustrations of the Americas. The Short Docs here talk about the world as it was transformed, place-by-place.

Jonathan Israel on The Dutch East India Company
The Dutch East India Company (often called the VOC after its Dutch name: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), was the first large-scale joint stock company for long-distance trade. Here, Jonathan Israel, Professor of History at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ, discusses the VOC's unique disposition in the early 17th Century.


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