The Strictures of Inheritance
The Dutch Economy in the Nineteenth Century
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Strictures of Inheritance by Jan Luiten van Zanden
Book DescriptionA major feat of research and synthesis, this book presents the first comprehensive history of the Dutch economy in the nineteenth century--an important but poorly understood piece of European economic history. Based on a detailed reconstruction of extensive economic data, the authors account for demise of the Dutch economy's golden age. After showing how institutional factors combined to make the Dutch economy a victim of its own success, the book traces its subsequent emergence as a modern industrial economy. Between 1780 and 1914, the Netherlands went through a double transition. Its economy--which, in the words of Adam Smith, was approaching a "stationary state" in the eighteenth century--entered a process of modern economic growth during the middle decades of the nineteenth. At the same time, the country's sociopolitical structure was undergoing radical transformation as the decentralized polity of the republic gave way to a unitary state. As the authors show, the dramatic transformation of the Dutch political structure was intertwined with equally radical changes in the institutional structure of the economy. The outcome of this dual transition was a rapidly industrializing economy on one side and, on the other, the neocorporatist sociopolitical structure that would characterize the Netherlands in the twentieth century. Analyzing both processes with a focus on institutional change, this book argues that the economic and political development of the Netherlands can be understood only in tandem.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691114385
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jan Luiten van Zanden
Financial History of the Netherlands, Paperback (June 2010)
Overview of the financial history of the Netherlands from the sixteenth century onwards.
Return of the Guilds: Volume 16, Paperback (January 2009)» View all books by Jan Luiten van Zanden
Using recent approaches in economic, social, labour and institutional history, this volume analyses guilds in the period 500-1700 AD.
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Author Biography - Jan Luiten van Zanden
Jan Luiten van Zanden is Professor of Economic History at Utrecht University and a senior research scholar at the International Institute of Social History. Arthur van Riel is a Senior Economist in the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and a member of the Netherlands's Economic Institute in Rotterdam.
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