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By Maarten Prak,Diane Webb

The Dutch are 'the envy of a few, the terror of others, and the sweetness of all their neighbours'. So wrote the English ambassador to the Dutch Republic, Sir William Temple, in 1673. Maarten Prak deals a full of life and leading edge background of the Dutch Golden Age, charting its political, social, financial and cultural heritage via chapters that diversity from the advent of the tulip to the studies of immigrants and Jews in Dutch society, the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt, and the guidelines of Spinoza. He locations the Dutch 'miracle' in a ecu context, reading the Golden Age either because the made of its personal prior and because the harbinger of a extra sleek, industrialised and enlightened society. a desirable and available research, this 2005 ebook will turn out important examining to someone drawn to Dutch history.

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