Maarten Prak charts the political, social, economic and cultural history of the Golden Age through chapters that range from the introduction of the tulip to the experience of immigrants and Jews in Dutch society, the paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt, and the ideas of Spinoza. He sets the Dutch experience within a European context and examines the extent to which the Golden Age was a product of its own past or the harbinger of the more modern, industrialized and enlightened society of the future. This accessible study will prove invaluable reading to anyone interested in Dutch history.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)|
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Introduction: the enigma of the Republic; 1. A turbulent beginning; Part I. War Without End: 2. An independent state (1609-50); 3. A world power (1650-1713); 4. The armed forces; 5. Financial might; Part II. Golden Age: Economy and Society: 6. A market economy; 7. A world-wide trading network; 8. Riches; 9. Toil and trouble; Part III. Unity and Discord: Politics and Governance: 10. Community; 11. The authorities; 12. A dissonant chorus; Part IV. An Urban Society: 13. Religious pluralism; 14. A new approach to science and philosophy; 15. The Dutch school of painting; 16. The urban landscape; Conclusion: the end of the Golden Age; Further reading; Index.