9780521843522

The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century: The Golden Age

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521843522

  • ISBN10:

    0521843529

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-10-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The Dutch are 'the envy of some, the fear of others, and the wonder of all their neighbours'. So wrote the English ambassador to the Dutch Republic, Sir William Temple, in 1673. Maarten Prak offers a lively and innovative history of the Dutch Golden Age, charting its political, social, economic and cultural history through chapters that range from the introduction of the tulip to the experiences of immigrants and Jews in Dutch society, the paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt, and the ideas of Spinoza. He places the Dutch 'miracle' in a European context, examining the Golden Age both as the product of its own past and as the harbinger of a more modern, industrialised and enlightened society. A fascinating and accessible study, this book will prove invaluable reading to anyone interested in Dutch history.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
vii
Acknowledgements ix
Chronology xi
Introduction: The enigma of the Republic 1(6)
A turbulent beginning
7(20)
Part I: War without end
An independent state (1609--1650)
27(18)
A world power (1650--1713)
45(16)
The armed forces
61(14)
Financial might
75(12)
Part II: Golden Age: economy and society
A market economy
87(24)
A worldwide trading network
111(11)
Riches
122(13)
Toil and trouble
135(18)
Part III: Unity and discord: politics and governance
Community
153(13)
The authorities
166(20)
A dissonant chorus
186(15)
Part IV: An urban society
Religious pluralism
201(21)
A new approach to science and philosophy
222(12)
The Dutch school of painting
234(16)
The urban landscape
250(13)
Conclusion: The end of the Golden Age 263(11)
Further reading 274(29)
Index 303

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