MANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union

MANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union

by Mau VanDuren

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ISBN-13: 9781937997656
Publisher: Northampton House Press
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Timeline 10
Chapter 1: Rules, Trust, and Laws 14
Chapter 2: A Saxon in Paris 20
Timeline 20
South Saxon, spring of 643 22
Paris, winter of 642/3 28
Paris, late spring, or summer of 643. 33
Paris, 650 37
Paris, 654 40
Chapter 3: A Realist in the Wet Lands 46
Timeline 46
Early Holland 46
Leithon, the Netherlands, Middle Ages 50
Holland, 14th Century 56
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1350s 59
Middelburg, the Netherlands, 1355 61
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1355 63
On the waters of Zeeland, 1355 64
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1355 69
Chapter 4: Parliament Convenes 78
Timeline 78
Burgundy, 15th century 78
Ghent, the Netherlands, 1477 83
Ghent, the Netherlands, February & March, 1477 92
The Union under Siege, 1480s 97
Chapter 5: The Revolutionaries 103
Timeline 103
Dillenburg, Germany, 1535 104
Breda, the Netherlands, 1544 105
Amersfoort, the Netherlands, 1547 106
Brussels, the Netherlands,1550 106
Brussels, the Netherlands, 1555 107
Brussels, the Netherlands,1559 109
Dillenburg, Germany, October 1559 110
Brussels, the Netherlands, 1561 - 1564 111
Brussels, the Netherlands, 1565 - 1567 112
The Netherlands, 1567 113
France, 1567 114
The Netherlands, 1568 114
Heidelberg, Germany, 1568-9 117
Padua, Italy, 1569-70 117
The Netherlands, 1570 118
Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1579 119
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1584 121
Chapter 6: The Commoner Statesman 122
Timeline 122
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1618 123
The Netherlands, 1547 - 1573 125
Risk and Rise, 1573 - 1586 126
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1609 129
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands,Wednesday,
August 29, 1618 129
Thursday, March 7, 1619 134
Spring, 1619 136
4 pm, Sunday, May 12 138
5 pm, Sunday, May 12 139
5:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 140
6 pm, Sunday, May 12 140
8:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 142
10 pm, Sunday, May 12 143
10:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 146
11:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 147
1 am, Monday, May 13 148
2 am, Monday, May 13 148
4 am, Monday, May 13 149
5 am, Monday, May 13 150
7 am, Monday, May 13 150
8:30 am, Monday, May 13 151
9 am, Monday, May 13 151
Chapter 7: The Congregationalists 155
Timeline 155
Hierarchy Challenged 155
Cambridge, England,mid 16th century 158
Virginia, America, late 16th century 159
Scrooby, England, late 16th century 160
London, England, late 16th century 161
Scrooby, England, 1606 163
London, England, 1607 164
Boston, England, 1607 165
Holland, the Netherlands, 1608 167
London, England, 1609 168
Leyden, the Netherlands, 1616 169
Leyden, the Netherlands, 1617 171
James Towne, 1619 175
Southampton, England, 1619 176
Chapter 8: The Atlantic Republics 185
Timeline 185
Birth of the Corporation, 1602 186
American Diplomacy 187
Plimoth Plantation, Monday, October 4, 1627 188
Plimoth Plantation, October 5-onward, 1627 199
Massachusetts, 1630s 206
Frank Francis 206
Rhode Island, 1630s 211
Adroit Adriaen 212
New Netherlands, 1640s 214
The Netherlands, 1650s 224
Manhattan, New Netherlands, 1650s 226
Maryland and Virginia, 1650s 228
Maryland and Virginia, 1660s 229
Chapter 9: The Dutch Invasion 233
Timeline 233
The Narrow Sea 234
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1650-1668 237
Betrayal, 1668-1672 239
The Ascent, 1673-1676 242
Mouthpiece, 1676 - 1685 243
Number One, 1685-1686 249
Smiley's People389, 1687-1688 250
Planner in Chief, 1688 252
Advocate, 1689 257
Émigrés, 1689-1699 260
Until Death Do Us Part, 1700-1709 263
Chapter 10: The Framework 266
Timeline 266
Washington's Journey 271
The Virginia Delegation 273
The Clerk 275
Canada, 1776 276
Philadelphia, Friday, May 25, 1787 279
Epilogue 285
Bibliography 290
Acknowledgements 302
Reference 304
Index 327
About the Author 341
Northampton House Press 342

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MANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
David_A_Bassett More than 1 year ago
This book is a nice corrective to an Anglo-centric history of the growth of democratic ideals. Mau Van Duren has given us a detailed history of the growth of the democratic process in the Low Countries. He reaches back to almost mythological beginnings, but hits a nice stride starting with his treatment of fourteenth century Holland. At points where the historic record is sketchy or absent he bridges the gaps with the artful use of storytelling. In this way, he keeps history anchored in the human story. The subtitle, ”James Madison’s search for a more perfect union” is a little misleading. Only the last chapter brings us to the period of the American Revolution. A full 60% of the book concerns events before any English colonization of the New World. This alone points to the debt all of us in democratic societies owe to Netherland’s history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provides a fascinating new look at the foundations of the U.S. constitution, filling in a lot of gaps that are not well known to most Americans, even a lot of history buffs. Most of us don't get much beyond the Magna Carta and the standard "canon" of enlightenment thinkers. Apparently Madison and Jefferson were looking at a lot more - real life examples of nation-states that had already instituted representative democracies (well, at least for adult males) and rights of citizenship. Many of us had been aware of the "bill of rights" in Great Britain, enacted during their own "glorious revolution." But where did THOSE ideas come from? As it turns out, very little of it was new. VanDuren draws attention to the concerns of the U.S. "founding fathers" as they grappled with the shortcomings of the "articles of confederation" that governed the original 13 states. They were suffering from fatal fractiousness, and centrifugal forces were tearing the nascent country apart. Madison holed up in his library and dug more deeply in the details of the history and institutions of the Dutch Republic - on which the original U.S. was based. The Dutch Republic was also sinking into internecine conflict. What could we learn from their plight? What had they got right (that we could still build upon) and what had gone wrong (that we could hopefully improve upon)? His insights informed his draft of our constitution. As it turns out, some of the best ideas enshrined in the Dutch Republic had roots even deeper in history, reaching back to the medieval "water boards" of the "low countries" and concepts of the "public good' that had been painstakingly reconstructed, as Paris emerged from the dark ages, from the ancient Roman and Greek democratic institutions on the one hand and Germanic/Saxon traditions of participatory governance on the other. Most interesting in this compilation of lost nuggets of history are a series of historical-fiction vignettes VanDuren weaves into the book to help the reader appreciate what life was like - in 7th century Paris, 15th century Bruges and 16th century Leiden. Leiden turns out to be a critical venue - not only the host of one of the most vibrant universities in Europe (hosting Descartes, Erasmus, and publishing the books of Newton) but also the most welcoming refuge for persecuted religious minorities all over Europe and the British Isles. This is where the Pilgrims spent 12 critical years before embarking on their famous journey to Plymouth. We learn about a number of interesting characters that have been virtually ignored in American history, but may have been more influential than they have been given credit for. I had never heard of Edwin Sandys or Francis Doughty before - two colorful characters whose shenanigans helped shape American governance traditions during the earliest colonial days. I think the "Flushing Remonstrance" will become my favorite moment in colonial history! This book offers truly fresh and interesting new insights into the rich sources of inspiration for the great American experiment in democracy that still nourish us today.