The Netherlands and Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

  • J. W. Smit


IT is well known how the old idea of the order of the Christian commonwealth was gradually replaced during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by a concept of Europe as a cultural and political entity. The awareness of a common religious and cultural heritage was closely related to the conception of a European power-system, though not altogether congruent with it. But in spite of its inherent vagueness, the ‘interest and balance of Europe’ had become by the end of the seventeenth century a term rich in diplomatic propaganda value and an idea to which politicians could commit themselves or at least pay lip-service.1 Before the end of the next century men had learned to speak of Europe as — in the words of Edmund Burke — ‘a diplomatic Republic of Europe’ in which ‘no citizen could be an exile in any part’, a ‘society of nations’ in which no single state could act without considering the peace and interest of the entire community.2


Foreign Policy Seventeenth Century Dutch Republic European Affair Dutch Politician 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Smit
    • 1
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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