Select List of Recent Works on the History of the Low Countries Published in English

  • Alice C. Carter
  • Rosemary Jones
  • Johanna Kossmann-Putto
  • K. W. Swart
Part of the Bibliografische Reeks van het Nederlands Historisch Genootschap book series (HRLC, volume 1)


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  1. H. van den Brink, The Charm of Legal History (Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1974, 344 pp., ISBN 90 256 0620 2 and 90 256 0708 X). Pp. 123–216 of this lightly written book contain a series of lectures on the influence of Roman, common and canon law on the development of modern Dutch civil law, which were originally delivered to an audience of Scottish students in 1973.Google Scholar
  2. H. Van der Wee, ‘Structural Changes and Specialization in the Industry of the Southern Netherlands 1100–1600’, Economic History Review, 2nd series, XXVIII (1975) 203–221. Explains the growth of the cloth industry in the towns, the decline in the fourteenth century and the subsequent concentration on luxury cloth for the home market and the development of production of cheaper cloth for export.Google Scholar
  3. D. Nicholas, ‘Economic Reorientation and Social Change in Fourteenth-century Flanders’, Past and Present, LXX (1976) 3–29. Argues that the cities were able to overcome problems confronting cloth production and export in the later middle ages by diversifying their interests. To compensate for the inadequacy of domestic grain supplies for their enormous populations, towns began importing grain from northern France etc. Thus while the basis of urban wealth broadened, the depression deepened in the countryside, which fell increasingly under the influence of cities.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. E. Warlop, The Flemish Nobility Before 1300, Part I (vol. 1 and 2): Text and Notes; Part II (vol. 3 and 4): Annexes (Kortrijk: Desmet-Huysman, 1975–6, 1332 pp). Terminological and genealogical study of the Flemish nobility. The author examines its position from the mid-ninth century to the end of the thirteenth century and determines how long it was able to maintain its dominent role in the administration and society of the county. Translation of De Vlaamse adel vóór 1300 (Handzame: Familia et Patria, 1968).Google Scholar
  5. J. Isewijn, ‘The Coming of Humanism to the Low Countries’, in: H.A. Oberman with T.A. Brady, ed., Itinerarium Italicum: The Profile of the Italian Renaissance in the Mirror of its European Transformations (Leiden: Brill, 1975, 471 pp., ISBN 90 04 04259 8) 193–301. Emphasizes the religious character of humanism in the Low Countries and shows the concentration on philology rather than poetry. Points out that classical influences in the north did not affect art and architecture until the end of the sixteenth century.Google Scholar
  6. G. Parker, ‘Why did the Dutch Revolt last eightly years?’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th Series, XXVI (1976) 53–72. Argues that the duration of the war is only explicable when consideration is given to Dutch involvement in Brazil, the Caribbean and the Far Fast.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. G. Parker, ‘Francisco de Lixalde and the Spanish Netherlands (1567–1577): some new evidence’, Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, LXXXIX (1976) 1–11. Refers to an article by A.W. Lovett in the same journal, LXXXIV (1971) 14–23. Parker demonstrates the corruption of this Spanish paymaster, was by no means an isolated case of peculation in the Spanish régime in the Netherlands.Google Scholar
  8. J.S. Bromley and E.H. Kossmann ed., Britain and the Netherlands, V, Some Political Mythologies (The Hague: Nijhoff, 1975. 212 pp. ISBN 90 247 1763 9). The papers delivered to the Fifth Anglo-Dutch Historical Conference, among which the following are of special interest to the student of Dutch history: J.J. Woltjer, ‘Dutch Privileges, Real and Imaginary’ (during the Revolt of the Netherlands); K.W. Swart, ‘The Black Legend during the Eighty Years War’; I. Schöffer, ‘The Batavian Myth during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’; J.A. Bornewasser, ‘Mythical Aspects of Dutch Anti-Catholicism in the Nineteenth Century’.Google Scholar
  9. H. De Schepper and G. Parker, ‘The formation of government policy in the Catholic Netherlands under “the Archdukes”, 1596–1621’, English Historical Review, XCI (1976) 242–254. Underlines the restraints on the absolute power of the Archdukes, by Spain in the matter of foreign policy and defence, and by the Estates and local officials in domestic affairs.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. M.D. Feld, ‘Middle-Class Society and the Rise of Military Professionalism. The Dutch Army 1589–1609’, Armed Forces and Society, I (1975, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society) 419–442. Brings out the importance of the middle classes in the United Provinces, where broadly speaking, military strategy was determined by the politicians and the army, though specialised, did not give the aristocracy much political influence.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. R. Feenstra and C.J.D Waal, Seventeenth-Century Leyden Law Professors and their Influence on the Development of the Civil Law. A Study of Bronchorst, Vinnius and Voet. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afd. Letteren, Nieuwe Reeks, XC (Amsterdam-Oxford: North-Holland Publishing Company, 1975, 124 pp. ISBN 72048296 8). Mainly bibliographical study, which gives an idea of what the three professors taught their students and how their works were spread outside the Netherlands.Google Scholar
  12. Th.H. Lunsingh Scheurleer and G.H.M. Posthumus Meyjes, ed., Leiden University in the Seventeenth Century. An Exchange of Learning (Leiden: Universitaire Pers/Brill, 1975, 496 pp., ISBN 90 04 04267 9). A handsomely produced volume, containing essays, mostly in English, on a wide variety of topics. While not a systematic survey, there is much here that is both useful and interesting, and the whole is indispensable for the student of Dutch academic, or even intellectual history.Google Scholar
  13. W.D. Hackmann, ‘The Growth of Science in the Netherlands in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries’, in: M. Crosland, ed., The Emergence of Science in Western Europe (London: Macmillan, 1975, ISBN O 333 18217 O) 89–111. This article is chiefly useful as a survey for English readers of the material available in Dutch on this subject.Google Scholar
  14. C.R. Boxer, The Anglo-Dutch Wars of the Seventeenth Century 1652–1674 (London: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office for the National Maritime Museum, 1974, 68 pp. ISBN 11 2901697). Deals with each of the three wars in succession concentrating on the tactics and results of the main engagements between the Dutch and English fleets in the Channel and North Sea, arguing that the English were unable to make their strategic and other advantages count in the second and third wars, as they had done in the first, because of De Ruyter’s skilled leadership and the greater financial strength of the Dutch Republic. An enlarged Dutch edition of this work was published under the title De Ruyter en de Engelse oorlogen in de Gouden Eeuw met een beschouwing door R.E.J. Weber over de zeeschilders Willem van de Velde de Oude en de Jonge (Bussum: De Boer Maritiem, 1976, ISBN 90 228 1955 8).Google Scholar
  15. J.E. Wills jr., Pepper, Guns and Parleys. The Dutch East India Company and China, 1662–1681 (Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 1974, 232 pp.). A solid account of the Dutch failure to maintain any trading privileges in the Chinese empire.Google Scholar
  16. A.P. Kenney, Stubborn for Liberty, the Dutch in New York (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1975, 301 pp., ISBN 0 8156 0113 1). A popular, readable and not always convincing attempt to demonstrate the nature and the importance of the Dutch contribution to the history of this State in the colonial and revolutionary periodsGoogle Scholar
  17. G.C. Gibbs, ‘Some Intellectual and Political Influences of the Huguenot Emigrés in the United Provinces, c. 1680–1730’, Bijdragen en mededelingen betreffende de geschiedenis der Nederlanden, XC (1975) 255–87. An interesting essay, suggesting the importance of the Huguenots in a number of fields, notably as publishers of French books, and as historians, publishing considerable bodies of material for the study of contemporary history and providing the rest of Europe with its image of the Dutch Republic.Google Scholar
  18. A. Clare Carter, Neutrality or Commitment: The Evolution of Dutch Foreign Policy, 1667–1795 (London: Edward Arnold. 1975, 118 pp., ISBN 0 7131 5767 4). Refutes the contention of previous writers that the Dutch policy of non-alignment was the outcome of political weakness and argues forcefully that this strategy admirably suited the political and economic aims of the Republic.Google Scholar
  19. A. Clare Carter,Getting, Spending and Investing in Early Modern Times. Essays on Dutch English and Huguenot Economic History Aspects of Economic History: The Low Countries I (Assem: Van Gorcum, 1975, 190 pp., ISBN 90 232 1243 6). A collection of papers reprinted from various periodicals published over the last forty years or so, mainly on eighteenth-century financial and other economic aspects of Anglo-Dutch relations.Google Scholar
  20. M.C. Ricklefs, Jogjakarta under Sultan Mangkubumi, 1749–1792 (London: Oxford University Press, 1974, 463 pp., ISBN 019 713578 1). Drawing on Dutch colonial and Javanese archive material the author traces the foundation and early development of the sultanate of Jogjakarta in a period when the influence of the Dutch East India Company was in decline.Google Scholar
  21. S. Schama, ‘The Exigencies of War and the Politics of Taxation in the Netherlands 1795–1810’, in J.M. Winter, ed., War and Economic Development (Cambridge: University Press, 1975, ISBN 0 521 20535 2) 103–37. An excellent review of Dutch fiscal policies in the eighteenth century, arguing that the introduction of an adequate system of public finance was a fortunate by-product of the period of French dominance.Google Scholar
  22. J.E. Helmreich, Belgium and Europe. A Study in Small Power Diplomacy. Issues in Contemporary Politics, III (The Hague: Mouton, 1976, 451 pp., ISBN 90 279 7561 2). Discusses developments in Belgian foreign policy from 1830 to the present but fails to mention the favourite idea of many Belgian statesmen in the nineteenth century, namely a customs union with the Netherlands, and is superificial as regards Belgian irredentism after 1839 and the complete reversal of Belgian diplomacy during the Second World War.Google Scholar
  23. H. Kroeskamp, Early Schoolmasters in a Developing Country. A History of Experiments in School Education in 19th Century Indonesia (Assen: Van Gorcum, 1974, 497 pp., ISBN 90 232 1093). A detailed analysis of the changing education policy and the organization of primary schools and teachers training which the government and missionary societies provided for the Indonesian population.Google Scholar

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  • Alice C. Carter
  • Rosemary Jones
  • Johanna Kossmann-Putto
  • K. W. Swart

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