The Founding of the Dutch Republic: War, Finance, and Politics in Holland, 1572-1588

The Founding of the Dutch Republic: War, Finance, and Politics in Holland, 1572-1588


In 1572, cities within the province of Holland, led by way of William of Orange, rebelled opposed to the govt of the Habsburg Netherlands. the tale of the Dutch rebel is generally instructed by way of fractious provinces that pissed off Orange's efforts to formulate a coherent programme. during this publication James D. Tracy argues that there was a coherent approach for the conflict, yet that it used to be set by means of the cities of Holland. even though the States of Holland have been in thought topic to the States common, Holland supplied over 60 in line with cent of the taxes and a good higher percentage of battle loans. consequently, money have been directed to securing Holland's borders, and accordingly to extending this safe frontier to neighbouring provinces.

Shielded from the warfare via its cordon sanitaire, Holland skilled a rare financial growth, permitting taxes and loans to maintain flowing. The target - in sight if no longer accomplished through 1588 - used to be a United Provinces of the north, unfastened and break free provinces within the southern Netherlands that remained less than Spanish rule. With Europe more and more less than the sway of robust hereditary princes, the recent Dutch Republic was once a beacon of promise when you nonetheless believed that electorate should rule themselves.

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