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Global Calvinism: Conversion and Commerce in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800

Charles H. Parker


Calvinism went global in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as close to a thousand Dutch Reformed ministers, along with hundreds of lay chaplains, attached themselves to the Dutch East India and West India companies. Across Asia, Africa, and the Americas where the trading companies set up operation, Dutch ministers sought to convert “pagans,” “Moors,” Jews, and Catholics and to spread the cultural influence of Protestant Christianity. As Dutch ministers labored under the auspices of the trading companies, the missionary project coalesced, sometimes grudgingly but often readily, with emp ... More

Keywords: Dutch Calvinism, Protestant faith, Protestant commerce, Dutch Reformed ministers, Dutch ministers, European expansion, Protestant expansion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780300236057
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300236057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles H. Parker, author
Saint Louis University