Faculty Biography

Willem Klooster

Willem Klooster, Ph.D.

Professor
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.

Selected Publications

Curacao in the Age of Revolutions  The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination   Revolutions in the Atlantic World  Illicit Riches. Dutch Trade in the Caribbean  Power and the City in the Netherlandic World

 

Work in Progress

 

(co-author with Gert Oostindie) The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 (under contract with Cornell University Press).

 

Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History (updated edition, under contract with New York University Press).

 

Books (All Peer Reviewed)

 

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

 

Peer-Reviewed

 

Forthcoming:

 

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

 

“The Many-Headed Hydra: Smuggling in the Caribbean,” Outre-Terre: Revue Européenne de Géopolitique (2017). 

 

 “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).

 

Published:

 

(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.   

"Atlantische Geschichte und der Begriff der Frühen Neuzeit" ["Atlantic History and the Concept of the Early Modern Period"], Historische Zeitschrift, Beihefte [Neue Folge], 49: 469-478. Also published in Helmut Neuhaus, ed., Die Frühe Neuzeit als Epoche (München: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 2009), 469-478.

"Inter-Imperial Smuggling in the Americas, 1600-1800," in: Bernard Bailyn and Patricia L. Denault, eds., Soundings in Atlantic History: Latent Structures and Intellectual Currents, 1500-1825 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009), 141-180, 505-528.

"The Dutch in the Atlantic," in Hans Krabbendam, Cornelis A. van Minnen, and Giles Scott-Smith, eds., Handbook Dutch-American Relations (Amsterdam: Boom and Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2009), 63-73.

"Manumission in an Entrepôt: The Case of Curaçao," in Rosemary Brana-Shute and Randy J. Sparks, eds., Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World (Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 2009), 161-174.

"Networks of Colonial Entrepreneurs: The Founders of the Jewish Settlements in Dutch America, 1650s and 1660s," in Richard Kagan and Philip D. Morgan, eds., Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism, 1500-1800 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 31-49, 226-236.

"Northern Europeans Invade the Americas," in Alison F. Games and Adam Rothman, eds., Major Problems in Atlantic History (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008), 111-115.

"Handelsräume: die Karibik" [Commercial Areas: The Caribbean"], in Friedrich Jäger, ed., Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit / Encyclopedia of the Early Modern Period (Stuttgart/Weimar: Verlag J.B. Metzler, 2007), 5: 117-119. 

"Frans Post," in David Buisseret, ed., The Oxford Companion to World Exploration (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).

"La relation complexe entre le guerre et la contrebande en l'Amérique atlantique," in Bruno Marnot and Silvia Marzagalli, eds., Guerre et économie dans le monde atlantique du XVIe au XXe siècle. Stratégies en échec, logiques d'adaptation (Pessac: Centre Aquitain d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, 2006), 395-408.

"Communities of Port Jews and their Contacts in the Dutch Atlantic World," Jewish History 20:2 (June 2006), 129-145.

"Dutch Empire in the Americas," in Thomas Benjamin, ed., Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450 (New York: Thomson, 2006).

"Dutch Participation," in Harold E. Selesky, ed., Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006).

"Have You Heard the News about the Silver Fleet? The Dutch Appetite for Spanish Silver," Common-Place 6:3 (April 2006): http://www.common-place.org/vol-06/no-03/klooster/

"Anglo-Dutch Trade in the Seventeenth Century: An Atlantic Partnership," in Allan MacInness and Arthur Williamson, eds., Shaping the Stuart World, 1603-1714: The Atlantic Connection (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005), 261-282.

"Dutch Empire," in John J. McCusker, ed, Encyclopedia of World Trade since 1450 (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2005).

"The Place of New Netherland in the West India Company's Grand Scheme," in: Joyce Goodfriend, ed., Revisiting New Netherland (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005), 57-70.

"The Place of New Netherland in the West India Company's Grand Scheme," in Joyce Goodfriend, ed., Revisiting New Netherland (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005), 57-70.

"Dutch Empire," in Jordan Goodman, ed., Tobacco in History and Culture: An Encyclopedia, Scribner's Turning Points in History, 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005), I: 219-222.

"The Rise and Transformation of the Atlantic World," in Wim Klooster and Alfred Padula, eds., The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005), 1-42, 177-190.

"Dutch Colonies: The Americas," "Trading Companies," and "Triangular Trade Pattern," in Jonathan Dewald, ed., Dictionary of Early Modern Europe: 1450-1789 (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004), 2: 186-189, 6: 63-68 and 76-77.

"Curaçao and the Caribbean Transit Trade," in Victor Enthoven and Johannes Postma, eds., Riches from Atlantic Commerce: Dutch Trans-Atlantic Trade and Shipping, 1585-1817 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2003), 203-218.

"An Overview of Dutch Trade with the Americas, 1600-1800," in Victor Enthoven and Johannes  Postma, eds., Riches from Atlantic Commerce: Dutch Trans-Atlantic Trade and Shipping, 1585-1817 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2003), 365-384.

"Between Habsburg Neglect and Bourbon Assertiveness: Hispano-Dutch Relations in the New World, 1650-1750," in Ana Crespo Solana and Manuel Herrero Sánchez, eds., España y los diecisiete Países Bajos, siglos XVI-XVIII: Una revisión historiográfica (Córdoba: Universidad de Córdoba, 2002), 703-718.

"Other Netherlands Beyond the Sea: Dutch America between Metropolitan Control and Divergence, 1600-1795," in Christine Daniels and Michael Kennedy, eds., Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the New World, 1500-1820 (London: Routledge, 2002), 171-192.

"Uprooted Roots: Sephardic Migration and the Growth of European Long-Distance Trade," Studia Rosenthaliana 35:2 (2001), 121-132.

"The Jews in Suriname and Curaçao," in Paolo Bernardini and Norman Fiering, eds., The Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West, 1450 to 1800 (New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2001), 350-368.

"Failing to Square the Circle: The West India Company's Volte-Face in 1638-39," De Halve Maen: Magazine of the Dutch Colonial Period in America 73 (2000), 3-9.

[with Jan Willem Schulte Nordholt] "The Influence of the American Revolution in the Netherlands," in Jack P. Greene and J.R. Pole, eds., A Companion to the American Revolution (Boston and Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000), 545-549.

[with Enriqueta Vila Vilar] "Forced African Settlement: The Basis of Freed Settlement, Africa and its Trading Conditions," in P.C. Emmer and Germán Carrera Damas, eds., General History of the Caribbean, Volume II: New Societies: The Caribbean in the Long Sixteenth Century (London: UNESCO Publishing, Macmillan Education, 1999), 159-179.

"De smokkelhandel van de Curaçaose joden met ‘landen van afgoderij', 1660-1800," ["Contraband Trade by Curaçao's Jews with ‘Countries of Idolatry'"] in Henny E. Coomans, Maritza Coomans-Eustatia, and Johan van ‘t Leven, eds., Veranderend Curaçao: Collectie essays opgedragen aan Lionel Capriles ter gelegenheid van zijn 45-jarig jubileum bij de Maduro & Curiel Bank N.V. (Bloemendaal: Stichting Libri Antilliani, 1999), 244-261.

"Van zoutwaterslaven tot creolen: Curaçao's zwarten en mulatten ten tijde van de West-Indische Compagnie," ["From salt water slaves to creoles: Curaçao's blacks and mulattoes in the days of the West India Company."], in Henny E. Coomans, Maritza Coomans-Eustatia, and Johan van ‘t Leven, eds., Veranderend Curaçao: Collectie essays opgedragen aan Lionel Capriles ter gelegenheid van zijn 45-jarig jubileum bij de Maduro & Curiel Bank N.V. (Bloemendaal: Stichting Libri Antilliani, 1999), 505-515.

[with Pieter Emmer] "The Dutch Atlantic, 1600-1800: Expansion without Empire," Itinerario: European Journal of Overseas History 23:2 (1999), 48-69.

"Smokkelen als broodwinning: de handel van Curaçao met Spaans Amerika," ["Smuggling for a living: Curaçao's trade with Spanish America."] in Maritza Coomans-Eustatia, Henny E. Coomans and To van der Lee, eds., Breekbare Banden: Feiten en visies over Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao na de Vrede van Munster, 1648-1998 (Bloemendaal: Stichting Libri Antilliani, 1998), 33-38.

"Economische malaise, politieke onrust en misdaad op Curaçao in de Patriottentijd" ["Economic Malaise, Political Unrest, and Crime on Curaçao in the Patriot Era"], in Maritza Coomans-Eustatia, Henny E. Coomans and To van der Lee, eds., Breekbare Banden: Feiten en visies over Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao na de Vrede van Munster, 1648-1998 (Bloemendaal: Stichting Libri Antilliani, 1998), 101-108.

"Contraband Trade by Curaçao's Jews with Countries of Idolatry, 1660-1800," Studia Rosenthaliana 31:1-2 (1997), 58-73.

"Berbice Slave Revolt (1763-1764)," in Junius Rodriguez, ed., Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery (Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 1997), 76-77.

"Dutch Caribbean," in ibid., 229-230.

"Dutch West India Company (1621)") in ibid., 235-236.

"Dutch-Portuguese Wars in West Africa (1620-55)," in ibid., 236-237.

"Piezas de Indias," in ibid., 508.

"Winds of Change: Colonization, Commerce, and Consolidation in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic world," De Halve Maen: Magazine of the Dutch Colonial Period in America 70:3 (1997), 53-58.

"Slavenvaart op Spaanse kusten: De Nederlandse slavenhandel met Spaans Amerika, 1648-1701," ["Slave Traffic to Spanish Shores: The Dutch Slave Trade with Spanish America"], Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis 16:2 (1997), 121-140.

"'Een toevluchtsoord voor smokkelaars en gezochte misdadigers': Aruba ten tijde van de West-Indische Compagnie" ["'A shelter for smugglers and wanted criminals': Aruba in the era of the West India Company"] in Henny E. Coomans, Luc Alofs and Wim Rutgers, eds., Arubaans Akkoord (Bloemendaal: Stichting Libri Antilliani, 1997), 112-116.

"Los holandeses en el Caribe, 1648-1700," in Paul Butel and Bernard Lavallé, eds., L'espace caraïbe, enjeu et théâtre des luttes impériales, XVIe - XIXe siècle (Talence, Maison des Pays Ibériques, 1996), 139-150.

"Curaçao, a Dutch factory in the Caribbean," in J. Everaert and J. Parmentier, eds., International Conference on Shipping, Factories and Colonization (Brussels: Académie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer, 1996), 261-269.

"Perlas, sal y tabaco: La presencia neerlandesa en las aguas venezolanas, 1590-1650," in Jean-Pierre Sanchez, ed. Dans le sillage de Colomb: L'Europe du Ponant et la découverte du Nouveau Monde (1450-1650): Actes du Colloque International Université Rennes 5, 6 et 7 mai 1992 (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1995), 93-104.

"De doorgeschoten strijd voor onafhankelijkheid: De geschiedenis van Albanië" ["Overshooting the mark in the struggle for independence: The history of Albania."] in Sef Slootweg, ed., Vlucht uit het isolement: Albanië op zoek naar nieuwe wegen (Amsterdam, Instituut voor Publiek en Politiek, 1995), 24-38.

[with Ellen Klinkers] "Interview with Harmannus Hoetink," Itinerario: European Journal of Overseas History 19: 1 (1995), 101-107.

[with Gert Oostindie] "El Caribe holandés en la época de la esclavitud," Anuario de Estudios Americanos 51 (1994), 233-259.

"Subordinate but Proud: Cu