Prof.dr. J.L. (Leonard) Blussé (Emeritus)

  • Professor Emeritus

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2766
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Geschiedenis diversen
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.73

Spreekuur / Hours

Donderdag 11.00 - 12.00 / Thursday 11am - 12am

Fields of interest

Early Modern History of Southeast and East Asia; the History of Overseas Chinese; Global History

Major Publications

Visible Cities Canton, Nagasaki and Batavia and the Coming of the Americans. Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2008.

Shiba shiji-mo Badaweiya Tangrenshihui (The Chinese Community of Batavia at the End of the Eighteenth Century. Xiamen: Xiamen University Press 2002.

Bitter Bonds, A Colonial Divorce Drama of the Seventeenth Century. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers 2002.

Retour Amoy, Anny Tan – Een vrouwenleven in Indonesië, Nederland en China. Amsterdam: Balans Publishers.

Ba-ta-wei-ya hua-jen yu Chung-ho maoyi (The Chinese of Batavia and Sino-Dutch trade). Gu­angxi People's Publishing Company, 1997.

Zhong-he jiaowang shi (A History of Sino-Dutch Rela­ti­ons), Amsterdam: Otto Cramwinckel, 1989,1999. (Dutch translation Tribuut aan China. 1989, 2008, Japanese Translation Ryu to Mitsubachi, Chugokukai-eki no orandajin yonhyakunenshi, Tokyo: Koyo Shobo, 2008).

Strange Company, Chinese Settlers, Mestizo Women and the Dutch in VOC Batavia, (Verhandelingen KITLV 122), Dordrecht: Foris 1986, 1988).

Nederlanders Overzee. (with Jaap de Moor) Wever, Franeker 1983.

Books published since 2000


  • Leonard Blussé en Floris-Jan van Luyn, China en de Nederlanders, Geschiedenis van de Nederlands-Chinese betrekkingen 1600-2008, Zutphen: Walburg Pers,  255 pp.
  • Leonard Blussé, Ryu to Mitsubachi, Chugokukai-eki no orandajin yonhyakunenshi, (The Dragon and the Honeybees, four hundred years of Dutch activities on the China Coast) transl. Fukami Sumio, Fujita Kayoko, Koike Makoto, Tokyo: Koyo Shobo, 235 pp.
  • Leonard Blussé, Visible Cities Canton, Nagasaki and Batavia and the Coming of the Americans. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 114 pp.
  • Leonard Blussé and Nie Dening,  Gongan bu, Bacheng huaren Gongguan Dangan  (Gong An Bu – Minutes of the Board Meetings of the Chinese Council). Vol. 7, Xiamen: Xiamen  University Press. 422 pp.
  • Leonard Blussé and Liu Yong,  Gongan bu, Bacheng huaren Gongguan Dangan  (Gong An Bu –Minutes of the Board Meetings of the Chinese Council).Vol. 6, Xiamen: Xiamen University Press. 355 pp.
  • Leonard Blussé and E. van Veen eds, Rivalry and Conflict, European traders and Asian trading networks in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Studies in Overseas History. vol. 7, Leiden:  CNWS Publishers. 382 pp.
  • Leonard Blussé & Cynthia Viallé, The Deshima Daghregisters, 1651-1660. Vol. 11, Intercontinenta Series XXIII, Leiden, 493 pp.
  • Leonard Blussé, Cynthia Viallé & Willem Remmelink, Isabel van Dalen eds., The Deshima Diaries, Marginalia 1740-1800. Tokyo: Japan Netherlands Institute 2004. 898 pp.
  • Leonard Blussé,  Chen Menghong eds, The Archives of the Kong Koan of Batavia. Leiden, Boston: Brill. 160 pp.
  • L. Blussé ed, Around and About Formosa, Essays in honour of Professor Ts’ao Yung-ho.  Taipei: SMC Publishing Inc.  339 pp.
  • L .Blussé and F. Fernández-Armesto, eds, Shifting Communities and Identity Formation in Early Modern Asia. Studies in Overseas History  Vol.3, Leiden: CNWS Publishers. 218 pp.
  • L. Blussé and Wu Fengbin, Gongan bu, Bacheng huaren Gongguan Dangan  (Gong An Bu –Minutes of the Board Meetings of the Chinese Council) Vol. 1, Xiamen: Xiamen University Press. 424 pp.
  • L. Blussé and Wu Fengbin, Shiba shiji-mo Badaweiya Tangrenshihui (The Chinese Community of Batavia at the End of the Eighteenth Century.  Xiamen: Xiamen University Press. 409 pp.
  • Bitter Bonds, A Colonial Divorce Drama of the Seventeenth Century. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers. 194 pp.
  • L. Blussé and  I. Ooms,  Kennis en Compagnie, De Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie en de moderne wetenschap. Amsterdam:  Balans Publishers. 191 pp.
  • L. Blussé and C. Viallé, The Deshima Daghregisters, 1640-1650. Vol. 11, Intercontinenta Series XXII. Leiden.
  • L.Blussé and N. Everts, The Formosan Encounter, Notes on Formosan Aboriginal Society 1636-1646. Vol. II, Taipei: Shung Ye Museum of Aborigines.  610 pp.
  • Rosenkrieg, Ein Scheidungsdrama um Besitz, Macht und Freiheit im 17.Jahrhundert. Frankfurt:  Campus Verlag. 219 pp. (German edition Bitters Bruid see 21)
  • Retour Amoy, Anny Tan – Een vrouwenleven in Indonesië, Nederland en China. Amsterdam: Balans Publishers. 368 pp. (Herdruk  in Rainbow Pockets , 2002.
  • a) L. Blussé, W. Remmelink, I. Smits (eds), Bridging the Divide, 400 years of Dutch-Japanese Relations. Utrecht: TELEAC Publishers. 288 pp, b) (Dutch version) Bewogen Betrekkingen, TELEAC Publishers, c) Japanese version: Nichiran Koryu yonhyaku-nen no rekishi to tenbo , Tokyo: Nichiran Kyokai Publishers. 
  • L. Blussé, W. Milde and Ts'ao Ying-ho eds, De Dagregisters van het Kasteel Zeelandia, Taiwan. Vol. IV: 1655-1662 (RGP Grote Serie 241) 's-Graven­hage: Instituut voor Nederlandse Ge­schiedenis. 754 pp. 

Supervision Doctoral Theses

  • Co-promotor with Prof. Dr. K. Schipper: Dr. Cheng Shaogang, De VOC en Formosa, 1624-1662, 12 December 1995.
  • Co-promotor with Prof. Dr. P.W. Klein: Dr. Remco Raben, Batavia and Colombo, The Ethnic and Spatial Order of Two Colonial Cities, 1600-1800, 28 March 1996.
  • Promotor: Dr. Yuan Bingling, Chinese Democracies, a Study of the Kongsis of West Borneo (1776-1884), 1 December 1998.
  • Promotor: Dr. M.T.H. Govaars-Tjia, Hollands onderwijs in een koloniale samenleving: de Chinese ervaring in Indonesië. 1900-1942, Uitgeverij de Vijver, 16 December 1999.
  • Promotor: Dr. E. van Veen, Decay or Defeat? An inquiry into the Portuguese decline in Asia 1580-1645 , CNWS Leiden University Publishers, 6 December 2000.
  • Promotor with Prof. Dr. A. E. Kersten: Dr. F.P. van der Putten, Corporate Behaviour and Political Risk, Dutch Companies in China, 1913-1941 , CNWS Leiden University Publishers, 23 May 2001.
  • Promotor: Dr. B. de Prins, Voor Keizer en Koning, Leonard du Bus de Gisignies 1780-1849, Commissaris-Generaal van Nederlands-Indië, Uitgeverij Balans (Amsterdam), 24 april 2002.
  • Promotor: Dr. A.G. de Roever, De jacht op Sandelhout, De VOC en de tweedeling van Timor in de zeventiende eeuw, Walburg Pers (Zutphen), 12 december 2002.
  • Promotor with Prof. Dr. W.J. Boot: Dr. Martha Chaiklin, Cultural Commerce and Dutch Commercial Culture, The influence of European Material Culture on Japan, 1700-1850. Studies In Overseas History 5, CNWS Press, Leiden, 3 June 2003.
  • Promotor with Prof. dr. H. Beukers: Dr. Herman Jan Moeshart, Een miskend geneesheer, Dr. J.K. van den Broek en de overdracht van kennis van westerse technologie in Japan, 1853-1857. De Bataafse Leeuw, Amsterdam, 3 juni 2003.
  • Promotor with dr. R.J. Ross: Dr. Russel Viljoen, “Land of our Forefathers” – Jan Paerl: A Khoikhoi Prophet in Cape Colonial Society, 1761-1851., TANAP publications, Leiden , 4 December 2003.
  • Promotor with Dr. J.Th.Lindblad: Ryuto Shimada, The Intra-Asian Trade in Japanese Copper by the Dutch East India Company during the Eighteenth Century, 14 December 2005.
  • Promotor: Dr. Harry Knipschild, Ferdinand Hamer, 1840-1900.Missiepionier en martelaar in China. Een nieuwe kijk op de missiemethode van de Scheutisten in het noorden van China, en de reactie daarop van de Chinezen, 14 December 2005. 
  • Promotor with Prof. Dr. P. Boomgaard: Dr. Kwee Hui Kian, The Political Economy of Java’s Northeast Coast, c.1740-1800, Elite Synergy, 15 December 2005.
  • Promotor with Dr. F. Colombijn: Dr. Atsushi Ota, Changes of Regime and Social Dynamics in West Java, Society, State and the Outer World of Banten, 1750-1830, 15 December 2005.
  • Promotor with Dr. Lodewijk Wagenaar: Alicia Schrikker, Dutch and British colonial intervention in Sri Lanka, 1780-1815: Expansion and Reform. 30 November 2006. (cum laude)
  • Promotor: Yong Liu, Golden Years: The Chinese Tea Trade of the Dutch East India Company, 1757-1781, 6 December 2006.
  • Promotor with Prof. dr. F.S. Gaastra, Hoang Anh Tuan, The Dutch East India Company in Tonkin: Political and Commercial Relations, 1637-1700. 7 December 2006.
  • Promotor with Prof. dr. Peter Rietbergen (Nijmegen): Bhawan Ruangsilp, Perception and Practice: The VOC and the Court Culture of Ayutthaya in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,  7 March 2007.
  • Promotor with Dr. Lodewijk Wagenaar: Nirmal Devasiri, Changes in the Peasant Agriculture in the Southern and Western Ceylon in the Mid-eighteenth century under the VOC rule,  4 April 2007.
  • Promotor:: Chíu Hsin-hui, Entangled Encounters: ‘The Formosans’ and the Dutch Colonial Project (1624-1662), 10 May 2007.
  • Promotor with Dr. Gerrit Knaap, Muridan Satrio Widjojo, Cross-Cultural Alliance-Making and Local Resistance in Maluku during the Revolt of Prince Nuku, c. 1780-1810, 12 September 2007.
  • Promotor with Dr. J.J.L. Gommans:  Binu John Parambil,  The Ali Rajas of Cannanore: Status at the Interface of Commercial and Political Expansion (1663-1723), 12 December 2007.
  • Promotor with Prof. dr. Peter Boomgaard,: Sri Margana,  Java’s Last Frontier, The Struggle for Hegemony of Blambangan,.1763­–1813, 13 December 2007.
  • Promotor with dr. A.A.P. Francken: A. Pos, Het paviljoen van porselein: Nederlandse literaire Chinoiserie en het westerse beeld van China, 1250-2007, 24 June 2008.
  • Promotor: Kogure Minori, National Prestige and Economic Interest. Dutch Policy towards Japan 1850-1863, 25 September 2008.
  • Promotor: W. Hugenholtz, De landrente belasting op Java 1812-1920, 25 September 2008.
  • Promotor with Prof. dr. F.S. Gaastra: Chr. Nierstrasz, The Decline of the VOC; the relationship between Company and servant. 5 November 2008.

Last Modified: 16-02-2016