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The Dutch in the Early Modern World
A History of a Global Power


  • Date Published: June 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107572928

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  • Emerging at the turn of the seventeenth century, the Dutch Republic rose to become a powerhouse of economic growth, artistic creativity, military innovation, religious tolerance and intellectual development. This is the first textbook to present this period of early modern Dutch history in a global context. It makes an active use of illustrations, objects, personal stories and anecdotes to present a lively overview of Dutch global history that is solidly grounded in sources and literature. Focusing on themes that resonate with contemporary concerns, such as overseas exploration, war, slavery, migration, identity and racism, this volume charts the multiple ways in which the Dutch were connected with the outside world. It serves as an engaging and accessible introduction to Dutch history as well as a case study in early modern global expansion.

    • Offers a fresh and global perspective on the history of the Dutch Republic
    • Integrates material culture and biographical stories to present a lively overview of Dutch global history that is still solidly grounded in sources and literature
    • Addresses themes such as migration, identity, slavery, capitalism and art which will resonate with a broad readership interested in current political developments and issues
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A clear, fascinating, and comprehensive guide to a truly global Netherlands; setting diplomatic, military, and imperial history in a rich cultural context.' Tony Claydon, University of Bangor

    'Vividly written and original in approach, this book is an impressive achievement. Onnekink and Rommelse take a broad view of international history, linking the Dutch Republic's policy in Europe with its trading ventures in Asia, Africa and the Americas. In the process they throw much fresh light on their subject, from the culture of diplomacy to the science of overseas expansion. For all this and more, their account will be widely welcomed.' Hugh Dunthorne, University of Swansea

    'A well written narrative of Dutch foreign policy from revolt (1579) to revolution (1795) and set those developments within a wider socio-economic and cultural context. This work represents the best of the New Diplomatic history and fills lacunae in both Dutch and Early Modern European history. A carefully crafted and wittily argued tale, this book is highly recommended.' Linda Frey and Marsha Frey, University of Montana and Kansas State University

    'A fast-paced, well-informed account of the rise, decline and fall of the Dutch Republic 1600–1800. It offers many challenging new insights, interweaving as it does the dynamics driving Dutch culture and society with the global maritime power of its merchant empire.' Reinier Salverda, University College London

    'It can certainly be useful as a handbook for students.' Joris van den Tol, European History Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107572928
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The emerging republic (1579–1609)
    2. The confident republic (1609–50)
    3. The ascendant republic (1650–72)
    4. The combatant republic (1672–1713)
    5. The stagnant republic (1713–47)
    6. The dissolving republic (1747–95)

  • Authors

    David Onnekink, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    David Onnekink is Assistant Professor in Early Modern International Relations at Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has previously held a positions at Leiden University, and was a visiting professor at William and Mary College and University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a fellow at The Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities at Edinburgh (2004), Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam (2016–17) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2016). He is the author of Reinterpreting the Dutch Forty Years War (2016) and the edited volumes War and Religion after Westphalia, 1648–1713 (2009) and Ideology and Foreign Policy in Early Modern Europe (1650–1750) (2011) with Gijs Rommelse.

    Gijs Rommelse, Haarlemmermeer Lyceum
    Gijs Rommelse is Head of History at the Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, the Netherlands and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester. Having studied at Universiteit Leiden and University College London, he has been a researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Military History at The Hague (2007–12) and a research fellow at Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam (2016–17). His works include A Fearful Gentleman: Sir George Downing in The Hague (2011), Ideology and Foreign Policy in Early Modern Europe, 1650–1750 (2011), also co-edited with David Onnekink, and Ideologies of Western Naval Power, c. 1500–1815 (forthcoming).

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