The Netherlands

  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Key Historical Events. William of Orange (1533–84), as the German count of Nassau, inherited vast possessions in the Netherlands and the Princedom of Orange in France. He was the initiator of the struggle for independence from Spain (1568–1648); in the Republic of the United Netherlands he and his successors became the ‘first servants of the Republic’ with the title of ‘Stadhouder’ (governor). In 1689 William III acceded to the throne of England, becoming joint sovereign with Mary II, his wife. William III died in 1702 without issue, and after a stadhouderless period a member of the Frisian branch of Orange-Nassau was nominated hereditary stadhouder in 1747; but his successor, Willem V, had to take refuge in England, in 1795, at the invasion of the French Army. In Nov. 1813 the United Provinces were freed from French domination.

Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (Kingdom of the Netherlands)


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Further Reading

  1. Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek. Statistical Yearbook of the Netherlands. From 1923/24.— Statistisch Jaarboek. From 1899/1924.—CBS Select (Statistical Essays). From 1980.— Statistisch Bulletin. From 1945; weekly.—Maandschrift. From 1944; monthly bulletin.— 90 Jaren Statistiek in Tijdreeksen (historical series of the Netherlands 1899–1989)Google Scholar
  2. Nationale Rekeningen (National Accounts). From 1948–50.—Statistische onderzoekingen. From 1977.—Regionaal Statistisch Zakboek (Regional Pocket Yearbook). From 1972.—Environmental Statistics of the Netherlands, 1987Google Scholar
  3. Staatsalmanak voor het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden. Annual. The Hague, from 1814Google Scholar
  4. Staatsblad van net Koninkrijk der Nederlanden. The Hague, from 1814Google Scholar
  5. Staatscourant (State Gazette). The Hague, from 1813Google Scholar
  6. Anderweg, R. B. and Irwin, G. A., Dutch Government and Politics. London, 1993CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Gladdish, K., Governing from the Centre: Politics and Policy-Making in the Netherlands. London, 1991Google Scholar
  8. King, P. K. and Wintle, M., The Netherlands. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1988Google Scholar
  9. Another more specialized title is listed under Welfare, above.Google Scholar
  10. National library: De Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Prinz Willem Alexanderhof 5, The Hague.Google Scholar
  11. National statistical office: Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, Netherlands Central Bureau of Statistics, POB 959, 2270 AZ Voorburg.Google Scholar
  12. Schoenhals, K., Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1993Google Scholar
  13. Central Bureau of Statistics. Statistical Yearbook of the Netherlands Antilles Google Scholar
  14. Bank of the Netherlands Antilles. Annual Report.Google Scholar
  15. Schoenhals, K., Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1993Google Scholar

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