The Rhyme and Reason of Politics in Early Modern Europe

Collected Essays of Herbert H. Rowen

  • Craig E. Harline

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. 1. Introduction

    1. Craig E. Harline
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Work of Herbert H. Rowen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. E. H. Kossmann
      Pages 23-26
    3. Craig E. Harline
      Pages 27-41
  4. Making Sense of the Dutch Republic

  5. Absolutism Between Theory and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Craig E. Harline
      Pages 171-183
    3. Craig E. Harline
      Pages 199-202
  6. The Dutch Republic in Comparative Perspective

  7. On Historians and the Practice of History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Craig E. Harline
      Pages 245-251
    3. Craig E. Harline
      Pages 253-271
    4. Craig E. Harline
      Pages 273-279
    5. Craig E. Harline
      Pages 281-306
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-325

About this book


Herbert Rowen has always insisted that historians don't need biographers. Outside "a small circle of family, friends and students," what matters most is not the individual but his or her work.' Thus the main purpose of the present volume is to highlight Professor Rowen's contributions to the political history of early modem Europe. Part I includes assessment of his work by others, while Parts ll-V contain examples of his best articles, papers, and reviews, some published here for the first time, most previously hard-to-get. These essays not only add substantively to our understanding of early modem politics, but treat both implicitly and explicitly the historian's task per se. Hence, this is not biography, much less "innocuous laudation" or hagiography, which Herb would not forgive. Yet it is only fitting that someone who lays so much stress on the human side of History should by way of introduction have something said about his person as well as his work.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Craig E. Harline
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IdahoMoscowUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5207-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2722-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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