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

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

Paperback Oxford History of Modern Europe

By (author) Jonathan I. Israel

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 1264 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 50mm | 1,438g
  • Publication date: 3 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198207344
  • ISBN 13: 9780198207344
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 32 halftones, 5 maps, tables
  • Sales rank: 197,637

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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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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

Table of contents

Preface ; Lists of maps, tables, and abbreviations ; PART 1: THE MAKING OF THE REPUBLIC, 1477-1588 ; 1. Introduction ; 2. On the Threshold of a Modern era ; 3. Humanism and the Origins of the Reformation, 1470-1520 ; 4. Territorial Consolidation, 1516-1559 ; 5. The Early Dutch Reformation, 1519-1565 ; 6. Society Before the Revolt ; 7. The Breakdown of the Habsburg Regime, 1549-1566 ; 8. Repression Under Alva, 1567-1572 ; 9. The Revolt Begins ; 10. The Revolt and the Emergence of a New State ; PART 2: THE EARLY GOLDEN AGE, 1588-1647 ; 11. Consolidation of the Republic, 1588-1590 ; 12. The Republic becomes a Great Power ; 13. The Institutions of the Republic ; 14. The Commencement of Dutch World Trade Primacy ; 15. Society after the Revolt ; 16. Protestantization, Catholicization, Confessionalization ; 17. The Separation of Identities: the Twelve Years Truce ; 18. Crisis Within the Dutch Body Politic, 1607-1616 ; 19. The fall of the Oldenbarnevelt Regime, 1616-1618 ; 20. The Calvinist Revolution of the Counter-Remonstrants, 1618-1621 ; 21. The Republic Under Siege, 1621-1628 ; 22. The Republic in Triumph, 1629-1647 ; 23. Art and Architecture, 1509-1648 ; 24. Intellectual Life, 1572-1650 ; PART III: THE LATER GOLDEN AGE, 1647-1702 ; 25. The Stadholderate of William II, 1647-1650 ; 26. Society ; 27. Confessionalization, 1647-1702 ; 28. Freedom and Order ; 29. The Republic at its Zenith I: the 1650s ; 30. The Republic at its Zenith II:1659-1672 ; 31. 1672: Year of Disaster ; 32. The Stadholderate of William III, 1672-1702 ; 33. Art and Architecture, 1645-1702 ; 34. Intellectual Life, 1650-1700 ; 35. The Colonial Empire ; PART IV: THE AGE OF DECLINE, 1702-1806 ; 36. The Republic of the Regents, 1702-1747 ; 37. Society ; 38. The Churches ; 39. The Enlightenment ; 40. The Second Orangist Revolution, 1747-1751 ; 41. The Faltering Republic and the New Dynamism in the 'South' ; 42. The Patriot Revolution, 1780-1787 ; 43. The Fall of the Republic ; 44. Denouement ; Bibliography ; Index