The Dutch Republic

The Dutch Republic : Its Rise, Greatness and Fall, 1477-1806

By (author) Jonathan I. Israel


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The Dutch Golden Age, the age of Grotius, Spinoza, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and a host of other renowned artists and writers was also remarkable for its immense impact in the spheres of commerce, finance, shipping, and technology. It was in fact one of the most spectacularly creative episodes in the history of the world. Jonathan Israel gives the definitive account of the emergence of the United Provinces as a great power, and explains the subsequent decline in the eighteenth century. He places the thought, politics, religion, and social developments of the Golden Age in their broad context, and examines the changing relationship between the northern Netherlands and the south, which was to develop into modern Belgium.

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  • Paperback | 1264 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 50mm | 1,437.88g
  • 03 Sep 1998
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 32 halftones, 5 maps, tables
  • 0198207344
  • 9780198207344
  • 219,287

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Jonathan Israel is Professor of Dutch History and Institutions at the University of London. He is the author of many well-respected books in European and particularly Dutch history.

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This is a magnificent doorstop of a book ... As an account of what made possible one of the most dazzling "Golden Ages" in European history it is unlikely to be bettered. Sunday Telegraph Israel has produced a classic ... Any scholar would be delighted to write a book of such learning, vigour and confidence. Very few indeed have done so, and no other has matched Israel on his topic. THES

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