The Founding of the Dutch Republic
War, Finance, and Politics in Holland, 1572-1588
By (author) James D. Tracy
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Founding of the Dutch Republic by James D. Tracy
Book DescriptionIn 1572, towns in the province of Holland, led by William of Orange, rebelled against the government of the Habsburg Netherlands. The story of the Dutch Revolt is usually told in terms of fractious provinces that frustrated Orange's efforts to formulate a coherent programme. In this book James D. Tracy argues that there was a coherent strategy for the war, but that it was set by the towns of Holland. Although the States of Holland were in theory subject to the States General, Holland provided over 60 per cent of the taxes and an even larger share of war loans. Accordingly, funds were directed to securing Holland's borders, and subsequently to extending this protected frontier to neighbouring provinces. Shielded from the war by its cordon sanitaire, Holland experienced an extraordinary economic boom, allowing taxes and loans to keep flowing. The goal - in sight if not achieved by 1588 - was a United Provinces of the north, free and separate from provinces in the southern Netherlands that remained under Spanish rule. With Europe increasingly under the sway of strong hereditary princes, the new Dutch Republic was a beacon of promise for those who still believed that citizens ought to rule themselves.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199209118
(240mm x 164mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James D. Tracy
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A compilation of writings from the authors' debate - over free will and grace, and their respective efficacy for salvation that offers a fuller representation of the disputants' main arguments.
Religion and the Early Modern State, Paperback (December 2010)
Thirteen 2005 essays show worldwide perspectives of how early modern governments attempted to regulate religious life.
Emperor Charles V, Impresario of War, Paperback (May 2010)
This 2002 book examines the campaigns of Emperor Charles V from a military, political and economic perspective.
City Walls, Paperback (December 2009)» View all books by James D. Tracy
This book explores how wall-building traditions throughout the world illustrate universal themes of defensive strategy and the symbolism of power.
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Author Biography - James D. Tracy
James D. Tracy is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.
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