John De Witt
Statesman of the "True Freedom"
By (author) Herbert H. Rowen
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John De Witt by Herbert H. Rowen
Book DescriptionIf the combination of superb political skills and a powerful intelligence were enough to make a 'philosopher-king' such as Plato dreamed of, the Dutch 'Grand Pensionary' John de Witt (1625-72) would fit the prescription as well as any statesman in history. Manoeuvring among the powers of Europe in the period of France's growing ascendancy, and facing the bitter commercial and political rivalry of the English, he managed to preserve the eminent position the United Provinces had reached when Spain recognized their independence at Munster in 1648. Not until the kings of France and England combined against the Republic in 1672 did De Witt's political system, called the 'True Freedom' and consisting of the maximum autonomy of the provinces and the exclusion of Prince William III of Orange from high office, collapse during the French invasion, an event accompanied by the horrific assassination of De Witt and his brother Cornelius.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521527088
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Herbert H. Rowen
Woodrow Wilson, Hardback (September 1991)
A biography that restores the figure of Woodrow Wilson, America's twenty-eighth president (1913-1921), as an incurable dreamer, a poetic idealist whose romantic world view enshrined organic, evolutionary progress. Wilson's presidency occurred during some of the most brutal, divisive years of our century.
Princes of Orange, Paperback (September 1990)» View all books by Herbert H. Rowen
An assessment of the Stadholderate of the Dutch Republic. The author looks at the career of each Prince of Orange in turn, from William I ("The Silent"), to the last and possibly the saddest, William V, examining their personal lives and characters with the development of the institution.
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