Military Power and the Dutch Republic

War, Trade and the Balance of Power in Europe, 1648-1813

Author: Marc van Alphen, Jan Hoffenaar, Alan Lemmers, Christiaan van der Spek

About this book

In 1667, the year of the Raid on the Medway, the Dutch Republic was at the pinnacle of its might and fame. A century and a half later little of this glory remained and Napoleon wiped the country off the political map. This book provides a military explanation for the ‘miracle’ of the seventeenth century and the demise that ensued. How were the army and navy in the Dutch Republic organised and financed? What tactics were employed and how did military leaders operate? Where did the Republic’s troops come from and how was society involved? How did the tens of thousands of anonymous sailors and soldiers live, and how were they regarded by civilians?

‘Not only is it praiseworthy for the outstanding contributions, the well-chosen illustrations, the clear maps and the design as a whole, but most particularly for the innovative perspectives.’ -NRC Handelsblad

Published in co-operation with the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH) First published as Krijgsmacht en handelsgeest. Om het machtsevenwicht in Europa (1648-1813), Boom Uitgevers, 2019 Translated by Lee Preedy and Paul Arblaster.

About the authors: All the authors are associated with the Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH) in The Hague. Marc van Alphen and Alan Lemmers are specialists in maritime history (chiefly the Early Modern era), Jan Hoffenaar is NIMH’s head of research and professor in military history at Utrecht University, while Christiaan van der Spek focuses on the Batavian-French era.

Format: Hardback

Pages: 552

Illustrated: Colour

ISBN Print: 9789087283650

Published: 16 December 2021

Language: English

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Price 89.00

Reviews

Jonathan Israel, Can. J. of Netherlandic Studies/Rev. can. d’études néerlandaises 42.1 (2022): 197-200
This is not just a very useful, but an important volume with a distinctly original approach to its subject and, what is more, is beautifully produced, its 549 pages being unusually well laid out with a luxuriously large number of well-chosen illustrations (many of them in colour) and numerous excellent graphs, maps, diagrams, and tables. Since very few books of this kind of military history, that is military history thoroughly and illuminatingly integrated into general political and social history of the country concerned, get written, it is definitely something of a landmark in both general and Low Countries historiography.
A comprehensive study addresses the human aspect of military exploits in the Dutch Republic, where army and navy operated within a social, economic and political context. Not only is it praiseworthy for the outstanding contributions, the well-chosen illustrations, the clear maps and the design as a whole, but most particularly for the innovative perspectives.
An excellent account of an important episode in military history and in the development of Europe. Takes forward existing work on the war. The use of images is particularly valuable.
Jonathan Israel, Can. J. of Netherlandic Studies/Rev. can. d’études néerlandaises 42.1 (2022): 197-200
This is not just a very useful, but an important volume with a distinctly original approach to its subject and, what is more, is beautifully produced, its 549 pages being unusually well laid out with a luxuriously large number of well-chosen illustrations (many of them in colour) and numerous excellent graphs, maps, diagrams, and tables. Since very few books of this kind of military history, that is military history thoroughly and illuminatingly integrated into general political and social history of the country concerned, get written, it is definitely something of a landmark in both general and Low Countries historiography.
A comprehensive study addresses the human aspect of military exploits in the Dutch Republic, where army and navy operated within a social, economic and political context. Not only is it praiseworthy for the outstanding contributions, the well-chosen illustrations, the clear maps and the design as a whole, but most particularly for the innovative perspectives.
An excellent account of an important episode in military history and in the development of Europe. Takes forward existing work on the war. The use of images is particularly valuable.

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