One of the world's great maritime powers in the 17th century, the Netherlands continues to be an important commercial entrepot and international crossroad today, a status that has made the modern nation one of the wealthiest in the world. Despite its small size, the Netherlands has played a relatively large part in the history of commerce, government, art, and religion and has left an indelible imprint on all of the world's continents.
A Brief History of the Netherlands provides a general overview of the history of the Netherlands from ancient times to the present day. It relates the central events that have shaped the country and details their significance in historical context. The volume touches on all aspects of the history of the Netherlands, including political, international, economic, cultural, and social affairs.
Coverage includes From Early Settlement to Frankish Rule, Political Strife and the Rise of Urban Life, Wars of Religion and Emancipation, Resplendent Republic, Dynamo in Decline, From Republic to Empire to Kingdom, Building the Modern Nation-State, Neutrality, Depression, and World War, Reconstruction and Rebirth after World War II, The Netherlands in the Twenty-first Century: The Triumphs and Trials of a Tolerant Society. Rulers of the Netherlands, basic facts, a chronology, bibliography, and a list of suggested reading make up the appendixes.
About the Author:
Paul F. State holds a master of public affairs, with a concentration in European Union affairs, from The American University, Washington, D.C., and a master of international affairs, with a concentration in European history, politics, and economics, from Columbia University, New York
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I learned some about the country of my grandparents. I wish that it went through greater detail about the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. The book is easy to read and is written about at the high school level.