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The World and The Netherlands. A Global History from a Dutch Perspective

This book examines the history of The Netherlands in a way that connects global processes to local developments.

Karel Davids, Marjolein 't Hart, Manon van der Heijden, Vivien Collingwood (eds.)
06 September 2023
Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.

[Text from website of the publisher Bloomsbury Publishing:]

"This is the first book to examine the history of the country in a way that connects global processes to local developments. Taking account of social, political and economic dynamics over the last thousand years, the book addresses key questions that get to the heart of the Netherlands' role in the world, both historically and in more recent times:

  • Why did the 'West' become such a significant actor in the world, and what part did the Netherlands play?
  • What were the driving forces in state-formation, and in what respects and why did the Netherlands take a different path to most of Europe?
  • How did globalisation impact economic structures and socio-cultural life, and how did the Netherlands react to these new challenges?
  • How did this very Christian and bourgeois nation develop into a flagship for liberal tolerance?

The book carefully balances a wider investigation of these issues with close inspections of how ordinary people experienced the changes they prompted. It also provide a convincing, judicious assessment of the ebbs and flows of this small country's global influence over time: prominent as a Golden Age economic powerhouse, colonial power, and bastion of political freedom in some eras, and yet impotent on the world stage at others. Supplemented with 35 images, 10 maps, a wealth of text boxes, charts and tables, as well as a companion website, this book is the definitive history of the Netherlands in a global context."

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