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


The Dutch Golden Age, known for its renowned artists and writers, was also remarkable for its immense impact on the spheres of commerce, finance, ... Show synopsis

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by mrsp on Jul 31, 2008

I read this book with a group of colleagues as we continue to update and change our curriculum for a course in European History and Literature. We have found the information enormously helpful, even though we will not include all of the detail. Israel excels at the cause and effect nature of history and the relevance of the Dutch in the development of European history. I have but one negative comment. The text is rife with superfluous commas that often confuse the reader and generally detract from the clarity of the information. The editors really needed to do a more thorough job.



by Boem on Jul 23, 2008

I am not an historian, but a sociologist, so I don't pretend to give a professional view of this book. Modern European history is just a hobby for me. The following is thus not more than a laymans opinion. For a Dutchman it is interesting to read what a foreign expert has observed about ones own country and whether they have anything new to add. The British have a good reputation in writing about the Netherlands. I had already the pleasure to read the books by Schama (Embarassment of riches), Parker (The Dutch revolt) and Boxer (the Dutch seaborne empire) all dealing with about the same period in history as Israel covers. Each of those historians added essential data and insights to that what I read from Dutch/Belgian historians, but the scope and depth of Israels book tops all. I recommend it warmly to the professional and the layman alike. I am glad I ordered it and want to compliment Alibris that they had it in stock.

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