Peter Borschberg (PhD)

Associate Professor


National University of Singapore

Forschung und Projekte

Derzeitige Position(en)

European and Colonial History

Aktuelle(s) Projekt(e)

Digital Historical Maps of Singapore and Southeast Asia, 2019-2021
Singapore History Anthology Project


Monographien (und Dissertation)

Hugo Grotius, the Portuguese and Free Trade in the East Indies (Singapore and Leiden: 2012)
The Singapore and Melaka Straits: Violence, Security and Diplomacy in the 17th Century (Singapore and Leiden: 2010)


“Cornelis Matelief, Hugo Grotius and the King of Siam (1605-1616): Agency, Initiative and Diplomacy, Modern Asian Studies, 54, 1 (2020): 123-156.

“When was Melaka founded and was it known earlier by another name? Exploring the debate between Gabriel Ferrand and Gerret Pieter Rouffaer, 1918-1921 and its long echo in historiography”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 51, 2 (2020): 175-194.

“Dutch objections to British Singapore”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 51, 1 (2019): 540-561.

“Three early-17th century maps by Manuel Godinho de Erédia”, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 92, 2 (2019): 1-28.

“Singapore’s Longer History, c.1300-1950”, Jahrbuch für Europäische Überseegeschichte, 19 (2019): 9-31.

“Three questions about maritime Singapore, 16th and 17th Centuries”, Ler História, 72 (2018): 31-54.

(with Benjamin Khoo) “Singapore as a Port City, c.1290-1819: Evidence, Frameworks and Challenges”, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 91, 1 no. 314 (2018): 1-27.

“Jacques de Coutre on Trade and Violence in Monsoon Asia (early 17th Century)”, Jahrbuch für Europäische Überseegeschichte 17 (2017): 43-74.

“Singapore and its Straits, c.1500-1800”, Indonesia and the Malay World, 45, no. 133 (2017): 373-390.

“The Value of Admiral Matelieff’s Writings for Studying the History of Southeast Asia, c.1600-20”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 48, 3 (2017): 414-435.

“Singapore in the Cycles of the Longue Durée”, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 90, 1 no. 312 (2017): 29-60.

Review article: “Chris Nierstrasz, Rivalry for Trade in Tea and Textiles. The English and Dutch East India Companies (1700-1800), Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; G. Roger Knight, Trade and Empire in Early Nineteenth Century Southeast Asia. Gillian Maclaine and his Business Network, Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2015; Jane Kate Leonard and Ulrich Theobald, ed., Money in Asia (1200-1900). Small Currencies in Social and Political Contexts, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015”, Journal of World History, 28, 1 (2017): 161-169.

“From Self-Defence to an Instrument of War: Dutch Privateering around the Malay Peninsula in the Early Seventeenth Century”, Journal of Early Modern History, 17, (2013): 35-52.

“The Singapore Straits in the Latter Middle Ages and Early Modern Period (c.13th to 17th Centuries). Facts, Fancy and Historiographical Challenges”, Journal of Asian History, 46.2 (2012): 59-90.

“Ethnicity, Language and Culture in Melaka during the Transition from Portuguese to Dutch Rule”, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 83.2 (2010): 93-117.

(co-authored with Michael North), “Transcending Borders: The Sea Realm of Memory”, Asia-Europe Journal, 8.3 (2010): 279-92.

“Jacques de Coutre as a Source for the Early 17th Century History of Singapore, the Johor River, and the Straits”, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 81.2 (2008): 71-97.

“Grotius, Maritime Intra-Asian Trade and the Portuguese Estado da India: Problems, Perspectives and Insights from ‘De Jure Praedae’, Grotiana, New Series, 26-8 (2007-9): 31-60.

“Grotius’ Mare Liberum Revisited”, Itinerario, 29.3 (2005): 31-53.

“Luso-Johor-Dutch Relations in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, ca. 1600-1623, Itinerario, 28.2 (2004): 15-33.

“Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch plans to construct a Fort in the Straits of
Singapore ca 1584-1625”, Archipel (2003): 55-88.

“The Seizure of the Santo Antonio at Patani. VOC Freebooting, the Estado da India and Peninsular Politics, 1602-1609”, Journal of the Siam Society, 90, 1-2 (2002): 59-72.

“The seizure of the Sta. Catarina, Revisited. The Portuguese Empire in Asia,
VOC Politics and the Origin of the Dutch-Johor Alliance”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 33.1 (2002): 31-62.

Herausgeberschaften und Editionen

Admiral Matelieff’s Singapore and Johor (1606-1616) (Singapore: 2016).

(ed.) Journal Memorials and Letters of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge. Security, Diplomacy and Commerce in 17th -century Southeast Asia (NUS Press, 2015).

(ed.) Jacques de Coutre’s Singapore and Johor (c.1594-1625) (Singapore: 2015).

(ed.) The Memoirs and Memorials of Jacques de Coutre. Security, Trade and Society in 17th-Century Southeast Asia (Singapore: 2014).

(ed. with M. Krieger) Water and State in Asia and Europe (Delhi: 2008).

(ed.) Iberians in the Singapore-Melaka Area and Adjacent Regions (16th to 18th Century), South China and Maritime Asia, vol. 14 (Wiesbaden and Lisbon: 2004).

(ed. with P.H. Kratoska) Colonialism before 1800 (compiled and edited volume with foreword), volume 1 of: Southeast Asia: A Colonial History 6 volumes (London: 2001).

Publikationsliste (Url)

Forschungsinteressen und Arbeitsgebiete

Historical Cartography
History of trade