The Fiction and Reality of Jan Struys: A Seventeenth-Century Dutch Globetrotter

The Fiction and Reality of Jan Struys: A Seventeenth-Century Dutch Globetrotter

by K. Boterbloem


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Dutch Sailmaker and sailor Jan Struys' (c.1629-c.1694) account of his various overseas travels became a bestseller after its first publication in Amsterdam in 1676, and was later translated into English, French, German and Russian. This new book depicts the story of its author's life as well as the first singular analysis of the Struys text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230553187
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 315
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

KEES BOTERBLOEMis agraduate of the University of Amsterdam,The Netherlandsand McGill University, and teaches Early Modern and Modern European History at the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA. He is the author ofLife and Death under Stalin (1999) and The Life and Times of Andrei Zhdanov (2004).

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Sailmaker to Celebrity Struys's Youth and Reysen's First Journey The Second Voyage The Dutch Republic The Dutch in Muscovy Muscovy In the Tsar's Service Reysen's Muscovy and Struys's Muscovy The Volga Delta and the Oryol's Demise A Dutch Slave in Asia Liberation Reysen's Readers Reysen's Creation and its Creators Genre and the Test of Time 'Any Soil is the Fatherland for a Courageous Man' Conclusion Bibliography

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