A Miracle Mirrored: The Dutch Republic in European Perspective

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In the celebrated words of Sir William Temple, the Dutch Republic of the United Provinces was 'the fear of some, the envy of others, and the wonder of all their neighbours'. This book looks at the history of the Dutch Republic from a comparative perspective, and provides the first comparative study of key issues in Dutch history from the late sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Contributors examine political, cultural, economic, and social developments in the Netherlands in an interrelated way, and in doing ...
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Overview

In the celebrated words of Sir William Temple, the Dutch Republic of the United Provinces was 'the fear of some, the envy of others, and the wonder of all their neighbours'. This book looks at the history of the Dutch Republic from a comparative perspective, and provides the first comparative study of key issues in Dutch history from the late sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Contributors examine political, cultural, economic, and social developments in the Netherlands in an interrelated way, and in doing so shed new light on historical developments in other parts of west and central Europe. In contrast with previous comparative studies in European early modern history, this book concentrates on comparisons within the central belt of Europe running from north Italy through southern Germany, Flanders, the Dutch Republic, and England. An editorial introduction and conclusion place the individual chapters within a coherent framework.
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"...this is a project worthy of emulation because European history would benefit from more efforts of this sort." The Sixteenth Century Journal

"These essays reflect much recent scholarship and will stimulate further research. Graphs, charts, maps, illustrations, and a good biography further enhance the importance of the work." Choice

"...this is a project worthy of emulation because European history would benefit from more efforts of this sort." F.E.Beemon, Sixteenth Century Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521158275
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
List of contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Similar problems, different outcomes: the Revolt of the Netherlands and the Wars of Religion in France 26
3 The Dutch Republic: the urban impact upon politics 57
4 Rulers, patricians and burghers: the Great and the Little traditions of urban revolt in the Low Countries 99
5 The political culture of Germany and the Dutch Republic: similar roots, different results 135
6 Britain and the Dutch Republic 173
7 Church, state and people 196
8 Literacy, trade and religion in the commercial centres of Europe 229
9 Art and commerce in the Dutch Republic 284
10 Access to credit and capital in the commercial centres of Europe 303
11 Shifts of technological leadership in early modern Europe 338
12 Labour and early modern economic development 367
13 Early modern economic growth and the standard of living: did labour benefit from Holland's Golden Age? 410
14 Conclusion 438
Bibliography 461
Subject index 521
Index of personal names 528
Index of geographical names 533
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