0. Introduction

1. An undecided battle

1.1. Problems of the current discourse

1.2. The VOC: a European organisation?

1.3. Towards a new coherent picture of VOC warfare

1.4. Synopsis

2. The wars of the Company

2.1. Capital

2.2. Political structure and culture

2.3. War with whom? And why?

2.4. Military hardware and personnel

2.4.1. Ships
2.4.2. Soldiers
2.4.3. Local troops
2.4.4. Allies
2.4.5. Fortresses
2.4.6. Artillery and artillerists
2.4.7. Gunpowder

2.5. Conclusion

3. From patria to Asia

3.1. Introduction: the decision-making process and the rhythm of the return fleet

3.2. Providing the supplies: soldiers, ships and armament

3.3. Communication, administration and secrecy

3.4. Calling the shots: political interaction

3.5. Conclusion

4. Onto the battlefield

4.1. Northern Ceylon: starving Jaffanapatnam

4.2. Makassar: finding a modus vivendi by all means necessary

4.3. Quilon and Cochin: a penal expedition and a failed siege

4.4. 'The shameful fall of fort Zeelandia'

4.5. The Mozambique-expedition: battling the monsoon

4.6. The second siege of Cochin

4.7. Conclusion

5. Conclusion

6. Appendices etc

6.1. Tables

6.1.1. Table 1
6.1.2. Table 2
6.1.3. Table 3
6.1.4. Table 4
6.1.5. Table 5

6.2. Bibliography



Defences around Batavia in the 1660s

VOC-soldiers embarking

The 1658 campaign in Southern India

Birds eye view of Mannar

The fortress and city of Jaffanapatnam

Makassar Coastline

The bay of Ambon, with Victoria castle

Battle with Portuguese ships before Makassar

The attack on Makassar

The fortress of Sombaopu, containing the Makassarese royal palace.

VOC-troops disembarking near Quilon

Battle at the beach near Quilon

The city of Quilon

Battle between Nayars and Company forces in old Cochin

Entry into Quilon

Map of Taiwan in 1661

The siege of fort Zeelandia

Map of the Malabar Coast

The second siege of Cochin

The fall of the city of Cochin

The city of Cochin

The city of Cochin