In Subversive Seas: Anticolonial Networks across the Twentieth-Century Dutch Empire, Kris Alexanderson argues that the boundaries of the Dutch East Indies did not end at water's edge. Instead, she demonstrates that colonial Indonesia extended its terrestrial boundaries into the maritime networks connecting it with the rest of the world. She makes clear that this maritime imperial space was not simply additional to terrestrial colonial space; rather, the maritime networks, including ships themselves, both helped define colonial structures on land and provided unique, cosmopolitan spaces of connection for colonial subjects. Alexanderson makes the case that maritime space was integral to understanding the Dutch East Indies and that we cannot fully comprehend its history without taking it into account.

Subversive Seas is divided into two parts of three chapters each. Part one, “At Sea,” explores experiences and ideas related to three types of Dutch shipping: hajj shipping from the Netherlands Indies...

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