The Rhyme and Reason of Politics in Early Modern Europe

The Rhyme and Reason of Politics in Early Modern Europe : Collected Essays of Herbert H. Rowen

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This volume brings together essays and reviews of Herbert H. Rowen, professor emeritus of Rutgers University, foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and one of the first important English-speaking historians of the Dutch Republic since John Lothrop Motley. Many of the essays, though published previously, have not been readily available, while several appear here for the first time. They include close analyses of the Dutch Republic, French absolutism, the 18th-century Republic and the Atlantic Revolutions, and direct and indirect commentary on the task of the historian more generally. Also included are three essays and several reviews about the work of Herbert Rowen, which assess his particular contribution to historical studies.
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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 164.6 x 242.8 x 23.9mm | 671.33g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • index, bibliography
  • 0792315278
  • 9780792315278

Table of contents

Part 1 The work of Herbert Rowen: Herbert Rowen and the tradition of early modern history in the US, T.K. Rabb; Herbert Rowen and the Dutch Republic, E.H. Kossmann; Selected reviews of the major books. Part 2 Making sense of the Dutch Republic: The Dutch Revolt - what kind of revolution?; The revolution that wasn't The Coup d'Etat of 1650 in Holland; Lieuwe van Altzema - A soured but knowing eye; John de Witt - the makeshift executive in a "Standestaat"; Management of estates in the 17th century - John de Witt, the States of Holland and the States General; John de Witt and the Triple Alliance; The Peace of Nijmegen - De Witt's revenge. Part 3 Absolutism between theory and practice: Arnauld de Pomponne - Louis XIV's moderate minister; Louis XIV and absolutism; L'Etat c'est a moi - Louis XIV and the State; A second thought on Locke's First Treatise. Part 4 The Dutch republic in comparative perspective: Proto-Jacobinism in the Dutch republic; The Union of Utrecht and the articles of confederation, the Batavian constitution and the American constitution - a double parallel; John Adams' vision of the Duty republic. Part 5 On historians and the practice of history; A sketch of Pieter Geyl; The historical work of Pieter Geyl: Wiliam F.Church - a historian's historian; Selected reviews by Herbert Rowen.
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