Faculty Biography

Willem Klooster

Willem Klooster, Ph.D.

Robert H. and Virginia N. Scotland Chair in History and International Relations
Department of History
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 421-3768
Email: wklooster@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Klooster received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Groningen in 1983 and 1987, respectively, and a Ph.D. from the University of Leiden in 1995. He has been at Clark since 2003.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Klooster specializes in the history of the Atlantic world (15th-19th centuries). He teaches classes on comparative colonialism (the Americas), the age of Atlantic revolutions (1776-1824), and Caribbean history.

Books (All Peer Reviewed)

Spanish American Independence Movements: A History in Documents (Peterborough, Canada: Broadview Press, 2021).

The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination, second edition(co-editor with Alfred Padula) (London: Routledge, 2018).

Tussen honger en zwaard: Nederlands Atlantische rijk in de zeventiende eeuw (Leiden: Leiden University Press: 2018). 

Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 (co-author with Gert Oostindie) (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, and Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2018).

Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History, new edition (New York: New York University Press, 2018).  

The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2016).

(co-editor with Gert Oostindie) Curaçao in the Age of Revolutions, 1795-1800 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2011).

Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History (New York: New York University Press, 2009).

(editor) Migration, Trade, and Slavery in an Expanding World: Essays in Honor of Pieter Emmer (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009).

(co-editor with Wayne te Brake) Power and the City in the Netherlandic World (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006).

(co-editor with Alfred Padula) The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2005).

Illicit Riches: Dutch Trade in the Caribbean, 1648-1795 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 1998). 

The Dutch in the Americas, 1600-1800 (Providence: The John Carter Brown Library, 1997). 

Geschiedenis van Albanië [“History of Albania”] (Amsterdam: De Bataafsche Leeuw, 1991).


Book Chapters and Articles




“Making Comparisons in Atlantic History: Representation in the Age of Revolutions,” in Jürgen Gebhardt and Stefan Fröhlich, eds., New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches, Publications of the Bavarian American Academy, vol. 23 (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2021), 121-137.

“Silver and the Dutch Revolt: The Obsession with Spanish Silver in the 17th-Century Dutch Atlantic,” The Sixteenth Century Journal: The Journal of Early Modern Studies 52:1 (2021), 503-511.

“Amsterdam, de WIC en het Groot Desseyn,” in Pepijn Brandon, Guno Jones, Nancy Jouwe, and Matthias van Rossum, eds., De slavernij in Oost en West: Het Amsterdam-onderzoek (Amsterdam: Het Unieboek/Spectrum, 2020), 62-68.

“Comparative Perspectives on the Urban Black Atlantic on the Eve of Abolition,” International Review of Social History 65 (2020), 1-23.

“The Rise and Transformation of the Atlantic World,” in Wim Klooster and Alfred Padula, eds., The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination (London: Routledge, 2018), 1-59.

“A Jewish Response to French Antisemitism in Revolutionary Times,” New West Indian Guide 92:1-2 (2018), 1-10. 

 “Interrupted Continuities: Transatlantic Relations during and after the Age of Revolutions, 1775-1824,” Latin American Research Review 53:1 (2018), 159-166. DOI: http://doi.org/10.25222/larr.228

“Gouverneur Johan Maurits en de joden in Nederlands-Brazilië (“Governor Johan Maurits and the Jews in Dutch Brazil)” in Julie-Marthe Cohen and Bart Wallet, eds., Joden en het Huis van Oranje: Vier eeuwen geschiedenis, kunst en cultuur (Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2018), 40.

“Jews in the Early Modern Caribbean and the Atlantic World,” in Jonathan Karp and Adam Sutcliffe, eds., The Cambridge History of Judaism, Vol. VII: The Early Modern Period, c.1470-c.1815 (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 972-996.

“Jewish History Meets the Atlantic World,” in Judith Frishman, ed., New Perspectives on Jewish Historiography (Amsterdam: Menasseh ben Israel Institute, 2017), 69-86, 110-115.

“Defying Mercantilism: Dutch Inter-Imperial Trade in the Atlantic World,” in Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, ed., World of Colonial America: An Atlantic Handbook (London: Routledge, 2017), 303-320. 

“Response” in “The Empire that Never Was: The Nearly-Dutch Atlantic Empire in the Seventeenth Century,” Book Forum: reviews by Trevor Burnard, Joyce Goodfriend, Cynthia Van Zandt, and Willem Frijhoff of The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World, Journal of Early American History 7:1 (2017), 33-80: 73-80.

“New Netherland and the Dutch Moment in Atlantic History,” de Halve Maen: Magazine of the Dutch Colonial Period in America 89 (2016), 49-54.

(with Ana Crespo Solana) “La República Holandesa y su posición en el contexto colonial americano después de 1713,” Anuario de Estudios Americanos 72:1 (2015), 125-148.

"Tolerantie en onverdraagzaamheid in Nederlands Brazilië," in Julie-Marthe Cohen, ed., Joden in de Cariben (Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2015), 58-73.

"De Portugese Joden op Curaçao: levens gefundeerd op inter-Amerikaanse handel" in Julie-Marthe Cohen, ed., Joden in de Cariben (Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2015), 92-107.

"European Economic Strategies" in Joseph Miller, ed., The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2015).

"De bootsgezellen van Brazilië" Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis 33:2 (2014), 171-186.

"De Ruyter's Attack on Barbados: the Dutch Perspective" The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (2014).

"Slave Revolts, Royal Justice, and a Ubiquitous Rumor in the Age of Revolutions" The William and Mary Quarterly, third series, 71:3(July 2014), 401-424.

"Curaçao as a Transit Center to the Spanish Main and the French West Indies" in Gert Oostindie and Jessica Roitman, eds., Dutch Atlantic Connections, 1680-1815 (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 25-51. 

"The Geopolitical Impact of Dutch Brazil on the Western Hemisphere" in Michiel van Groesen, ed., The Legacy and Impact of Dutch Brazil (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 25-40.

"Marteling, muiterij en beeldenstorm: Militair geweld in de Nederlandse Atlantische wereld" ["Torture, Mutiny, and Iconoclasm: Military Violence in the Dutch Atlantic World"], in Victor Enthoven, Henk den Heijer, and Han Jordaan, eds., Geweld in de West: Een militaire geschiedenis van de Nederlandse Atlantische wereld, 1600-1800 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 313-343.

"Failing to Square the Circle: The West India Company's Volte-Face in 1638-39" in Margriet Lacy, ed., A Beautiful and Fruitful Place: Selected Rensselaerswijck Seminar Papers, vol. 3 (Albany, N.Y.: New Netherland Institute, 2013), 49-53.

"Atlantic and Caribbean Perspectives: Analyzing a Hybrid and Entangled World" in Peter N. Miller, ed., Peoples & the Sea: Thalassography and Historiography in the Twenty-First Century (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2013), 60-83.

"The Essequibo Liberties: The Link between Jewish Brazil and Jewish Suriname" Studia Rosenthaliana 42-43 (2010-2011 [published in November 2012]), 77-82.

[with Victor Enthoven] "Contours of Virginia-Dutch Trade in the Long Seventeenth Century" in Douglas Bradburn and John Coombs, eds., Early Modern Virginia: New Essays on the Old Dominion (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011), 90-127.

Winds of Change: Colonization, Commerce, and Consolidation in the 17th-Century Atlantic World" in Martha D. Shattuck and Elisabeth Paling Funk, eds., A Beautiful and Fruitful Place: Selected Rensselaerswijck Seminar Papers, vol. 2 (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2011), 209-215.

"The Greater Caribbean in 1795: The Rising Expectations of Free and Enslaved Blacks" in Wim Klooster and Gert Oostindie, eds., Curaçao in the Age of Revolutions, 1795-1800 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2011), 57-74.

"The Northern European Atlantic World" in Nicholas Canny and Philip Morgan, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, c. 1450-c.1820 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 165-180.

"Le décret d'émancipation imaginaire. Monarchisme et esclavage en Amérique du Nord et dans la Caraïbe au temps des Révolutions" Annales historiques de la Révolution française no. 363 (2011), 109-129.

"The Tobacco Nation: English Traders and Pipe-Makers in Rotterdam, 1620-1650" in Laura Cruz and Joel Mokyr, eds., The Birth of Modern Europe: Culture and Economy, 1400-1800 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010), 17-34. 

"Het begin van de Nederlandse slavenhandel in het Atlantisch gebied" ["The Start of the Dutch Slave Trade in the Atlantic World"], in Maurits Ebben, Henk den Heijer, and Joost Schokkenbroek, eds., Alle streken van het kompas: Maritieme geschiedenis in Nederland (Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2010), 249-262.

"De Afrikanen: van slaven tot vrijen" [The Africans: From Slaves to Free People"], in Leo Dalhuisen et al., ed., Geschiedenis van de Antillen: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint-Eustatius, Sint Maarten (Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2009), 40-71.