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An Economic and Social History of the Netherlands, 1800–1920

An Economic and Social History of the Netherlands, 1800–1920
Demographic, Economic and Social Transition

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  • Date Published: October 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521782951

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  • This book provides a comprehensive account of Dutch history in the "long" nineteenth century. In this fascinating and instructive period the country saw extremely rapid population growth, awesome death rates, staggering fertility, some of the fastest economic growth in the world, a uniquely large and efficient service sector, a vast and profitable overseas empire, and relative tolerance. This is the only single-authored book currently available on this crucial period of Dutch history, and it will be of central importance to Dutch specialists, as well as European historians more generally.

    • Provides a comprehensive account of Dutch history in the 'long' nineteenth century
    • Compares the development of the Netherlands to that of neighbouring countries
    • Provides an explanation of the phenomenal Dutch economic growth
    • Explains the background to the famed Dutch tolerance and liberalism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...[a] learned, well-documented, and engaging survey. ...a most useful work, and one that all economic historians of this period should own...a most useful and erudite volume." Journal of Modern History

    "This book should be the standard reference work in English on the subject of nineteenth-century Dutch economic history ... Wintle's thorough, skillful, and original synthesis of Dutch industrialization, demography, and social conditions is a major contribution to both the English language historiography on the Low Countries and to European economic history in general." Historian

    "Drawing on the latest historical research he has provided us with a splendid account of the history of the Netherlands in the nineteenth century. He has told the story and told it well." Martine van Ittersum, Harvard University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521782951
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of figures
    List of tables
    General introduction
    Part I. Demography and the Health of the Nation:
    1. Demographic indicators
    2. The condition of the people: public health, diet and nutrition
    Part II. Economic Transition: Introduction
    3. Economic performance and industrialization: the Dutch debate
    4. Factor inputs: labour, capital, materials
    5. Economic influences: entrepreneurship, technology and government policy
    6. Sectoral analysis
    7. Features of demand
    8. Economic transition: conclusion
    Part III. Social Transition: State, Society, Individual and Nation: Introduction
    9. Authority and representation: the citizen and the state
    10. Education and welfare: empowerment and protection
    11. Loyal subjects: state formation and nation formation
    12. Social groups
    General conclusion

  • Author

    Michael Wintle, University of Hull

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