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England's response to the Revolt of the Netherlands (1568–1648) has been studied hitherto mainly in terms of government policy, yet the Dutch struggle with Habsburg Spain affected a much wider community than just the English political elite. It attracted attention across Britain and drew not just statesmen and diplomats but also soldiers, merchants, religious refugees, journalists, travellers and students into the conflict. Hugh Dunthorne draws on pamphlet literature to reveal how British contemporaries viewed the progress of their near neighbours' rebellion, and assesses the lasting impact which the Revolt and the rise of the Dutch Republic had on Britain's domestic history. The book explores affinities between the Dutch Revolt and the British civil wars of the seventeenth century - the first major challenges to royal authority in modern times - showing how much Britain's changing commercial, religious and political culture owed to the country's involvement with events across the North Sea.Read more
- Reveals the wide-ranging impact of the Dutch Revolt on Britain's political, religious and commercial culture
- Connects the Dutch Revolt and Britain's seventeenth-century civil wars
- Places early modern Dutch and British history in international context
Reviews & endorsements
"Grounded in an impressive array of primary sources, meticulously researched, and elegantly written, Britain and the Dutch Revolt 1560–1700 explores the lasting impact of the Dutch Revolt (and of the state, economy, society, and culture that resulted from it) on the inhabitants and the institutions of the British Isles. Indispensable reading for all those interested in early modern Britain, the Dutch revolt and the Dutch Golden Age."
Henk van Nierop, University of AmsterdamSee more reviews
"Early modern historians have long recognised that relations between the Low Countries and Britain were close, but never before has the depth and complexity of that relationship been explored in such detail as here in Hugh Dunthorne’s Britain and the Dutch Revolt, 1560–1700. This is the distillation of many years of meticulous research and reflection, and the result is an outstanding piece of scholarship."
Alastair Duke, author of Dissident Identities in the Early Modern Low Countries
"Britain and the Dutch Revolt is a valuable contribution to a field which is smaller than it ought to be. By going beyond the obvious interpretations, its author provides new and important insights. It is an asset to those teaching the Dutch revolt to anglophone students."
Esther Mijers, Huguenot Society Journal
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- Date Published: September 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521837477
- length: 287 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 160 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.61kg
- contains: 17 b/w illus. 2 maps 7 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. News from the Netherlands
2. Histories and their readers
3. The school of war
4. The trade of merchandise
5. The nursery to nonconformists
6. Resistance and reform
Epilogue: the advancement of learning
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