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Andreas Bolte

andreas bolte

Ph.D. Student

Postal address:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Historisches Seminar
Lehrstuhl für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte Westeuropas
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau

E-Mail: andreascbolte@gmail.com

Academic Career
Grants and Awards
Ph.D. Project



Academic Career

December 2017

Ph.D. Student with the Chair of Modern European History, Prof. Dr. Jörn Leonhard
Research assistant and tutor with the Department of History, Prof. Dr. Willi Oberkrome and the Chair of Economic, Social and Environmental History, Prof. Dr. Dr. F.-J. Brüggemeier
2015-2017 M.A. Comparative Modern History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2014-2015 Modern History, Göteborgs Universitet
2012-2014 Research assistant and tutor with the Chair of Early Modern History, Prof. Dr. Ronald G. Asch
2011-2015 B.A. Early Modern and Modern History and German Literature, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


Grants and Awards

2017 Bavaria-Master-Stipendium of the Faculty of Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2015 Adlerbertska Hospitiestiftelsen, Göteborgs Universitet
2014-2015 ERASMUS+-Stipendium


Ph.D. Project

"The temporality of imperial rule in British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, ca. 1900-1940"

The project seeks to approach the temporal dimensions of imperial rule in British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies between ca. 1900 and 1940. Around the turn of the century a specific situation of imperial rivalry led to an intensification of imperial rule in Southeast Asia, that expressed itself in a push to make those colonies more economically lucrative. At the same time a process of ‘temporalization’ took place in those societies, manifesting itself in a rising relevance of temporal practices like planning and precise time-keeping. Historical researchers have described both phenomena as formative for the first half of the twentieth century – though rarely has it been suggested that there might be a connection between the two. The projects aims at answering the question if there is such a connection, and what its nature might be.
To address this task, the focal point lies on conflicts surrounding imperial rule, that were either fought about temporalization itself or with the use of temporal practices. In these disputes, a wide range of protagonists clashed in changing constellations. Colonial officials and imperial governments, private economy personnel, indigenous functional elites and immigrated workers tried to modify the fundamentals of imperial rule in their favor. Most of these conflicts happened in close proximity to systems that depended on strict time-keeping and careful planning. Infrastructures like the railway and plantations, backbone of the thriving export-oriented colonial economy, were a space of tensions – for example when disciplining the workforce to encourage good time-keeping behavior or when planning the production over a number of years in advance. The persons responsible for keeping temporal order are especially interesting. Plantation foremen, station masters and train drivers occupied a space between the traditional categories of colonizer and colonized, that frequently allowed them to use the temporal order to their advantage.
In analyzing these conflicts the project wants to show, that it wasn’t just the colonizers that used time as a source of power in the imperial context. The colonized increasingly made use of temporal practices to achieve their goals as well. Analyzing how all mentioned groups incorporated these techniques into the process of bargaining for the configurations of imperial rule is a main goal of the project. There are not only insights to find into the mechanics of conflict in colonial societies, but also reasons for the successful implementations of temporal practices that are still important today – even beyond the spheres of the imperial.

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