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. In this book, Johnathan 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.
This comprehensive and lucid account will be as useful to the reader primarily interested in artistic and cultural history as to the student who needs a survey of the Republic's institutions, class structure, and economic development. At the same time it will provide an invaluable aid to scholars interested in new research and new interpretations.
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Jonathan Israel is the author of many well-respected books in European and particularly Dutch history, amongst them Dutch Primacy in World Trade, 1585-1740 (OUP, 1989), European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism, 1550-1750 (OUP, 1985), The Dutch Republic in the Hispanic World, 1606-1661 (OUP, 1982), and joint editor of From Persecution to Toleration (OUP, 1991).Review:
"Jonathan Israel's 1,231-page blockbuster forms the inaugural volume of a new series, the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe, and offers a comprehensive, integrated account of the northern part of the Netherlands over almost 350 years...The Dutch Republic represents the fruit of 12 years of research, contemplation and writing, and brims over with interesting detail."--The New York Times Book Review
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110198730721
Descripción Oxford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0198730721