A Miracle Mirrored: The Dutch Republic in European Perspective

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This book is the first to look at the history of the Dutch Republic from a comparative perspective, and provides a reappraisal of key issues in Dutch history from the late-sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Contributors examine political, cultural, economic, and social developments in an interrelated way, and in doing so shed new light on historical developments in other parts of western and central Europe, including northern Italy, southern Germany, Flanders, and England.

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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: 9780521462471
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; List of contributors; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction Karel Davids and Jan Lucassen; 2. Similar problems, different outcomes: the Revolt of the Netherlands and the Wars of Religion in France Henk van Nierop; 3. The Dutch Republic: the urban impact upon politics Marjolein 't Hart; 4. Rulers, patricians and burghers: the Great and Little traditions of urban revolt in the Low Countries Marc Boone and Maarten Prak; 5. The political culture of Germany and the Dutch Republic: similar roots, different results Olaf Mörke; 6. Britain and the Dutch Republic William Speck; 7. Church, state and people Wiebe Bergsma; 8. Literacy, trade and religion in the commercial centres of Europe Margaret Spufford; 9. Art and commerce in the Dutch Republic Michael North; 10. Access to credit and capital in the commercial centres of Europe Peter Spufford; 11. Shifts of technological leadership in early modern Europe Karel Davids; 12. Labour and early modern economic development Jan Lucassen; 13. Early modern economic growth and the standard of living: did labour benefit from Holland's Golden Age? Leo Noordegraaf and Jan Luiten van Zanden; 14. Conclusion Karel Davids and Jan Lucassen; Bibliography; Indices.

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