Holland and the Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century: The Politics of Particularism

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This is a study of the politics of the pivotal province of Holland and of its role in the political system of the Dutch Republic as a whole in the seventeenth century. It is an original, scholarly, and challenging analysis, which treats the reality of politics from the ground up. J.L. Price explores the politics of the towns of Holland in detail, examines the province's political system, and assesses the ways in which Holland influenced the policies of the Dutch Republic in its Golden Age. He argues, controversially, that not only did the decentralized political system of the Republic work well, but that a more unified state would have been a failure.
Dr Price's novel approach to a complex and important subject sets politics in its economic and social context, and offers valuable insights into the practical politics of the Dutch during the period when they played a major role on the world stage.

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`Holland and the Dutch Republic is almost as remarkable a book as the political system it describes. It is an essay: rigorous in its structure, extremely nuanced in its weighing up of all the different elements in the political balance, but with a clear vision of the place which these elements must finally take in the argument.' NRC Handelsblad

This subject, unlike the study of Golden Age culture and economics, has been relatively neglected by historians, and so Price's effort to shed some light on the nature of Dutch seventeenth century government is valuable in itself ... essentially a well-considered sunthesis of all the relevant literature on the subject ... he is able to get to the core of a problem and value the arguments pro and contra with admirable decisiveness ... Combined with his clear manner of arguing, this results in an extremely readable work, which is quite an achievement, considering the complicated nature of Dutch Golden Age politics ( Dutch Crossing)

precisely written, neatly structured synthesis of current scholarship ... he has made a fine scholarly contribution by integrating the best available secondary literature into an analysis of provincial government and administration, thereby highlighting the importance of a political particularism that existed in a variety of forms throughout seventeenth-century Europe. ( The Historian)

systematic English-language account of the structure and process of Dutch politics has been needed for some years. That need has now been brilliantly met...a book limpid in expostion, penetrating in analysis, and admirably but unnecessarily modest in speculation. It will therefore serve not only English readers as the best introduction to the story of how and why the Dutch Republic was a great power for that one eventful century, but as a clear overview even for Dutch readers. ( Times Literary Supplement)

This subject, unlike the study of Golden Age culture and economics, has been relatively neglected by historians, nad so Price's effort to shed some light on the nature of Dutch seventeenth century government is valuable in itself...essentially a well-considered synthesis of all the relevant literature on the subject....he is able to get to the core of a problem and value the arguments pro and contra with admirable decisiveness...Combined with his clear manner of arguing, this results in a extremely readable work, which is quite an achievement, considering the complicated nature of Dutch Golden Age politics. ( Dutch Crossing)

the most important book in English on Dutch politics in the full century since the appearance of the translation of Geyl... the skill and judgement with which Dr Price establishes his nuances of interpretation, keeping an admirable balance between Orangist and Republican at the time and in historiography, even though Dutch particularism makes all generalization about Dutch politics extraordinarily difficult. ( English Historical Review)

Price offers a thoughtful assessment of recent historiography, and a persuasive critique of political theories past and present that have not been able to explain the relative success of the United Provinces during this era except as a kind of anomaly. This book does not rehearse all the problems of seventeenth-century Dutch history, much less solve them, but it does afford a sensible framework for further study. ( James D. Tracy, University of Minnesota, Sixteenth Century Journal XXVII/1 (1996))

precisely written, neatly structured synthesis of current scholarship ... he has made a fine scholarly contribution by integrating the best available secondary literature into an analysis of provincial government and administration thereby highlighting the importance of a political particularism that existed in a variety of forms throughout seventeenth-century Europe ( John A. Mears, Southern Methodist University, The Historian)

this is a splendid book, of the sort that can only be written by a historian with a profound grasp of his subject ... this is a persuasive evocation of a subject remarkably little studied despite the recent intense historical interest in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. It can be recommended equally to specialists, who will profit to Price's judgments on points of historiographical controversy (e.g., the debate over party versus faction), and to students, who will warm to a lucidly and clearly written book that is likely to become the definitive introduction to the subject. ( Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews, Journal of Modern History, Volume 68, Number 1, March 1996)

it seems high time for a modern replacement, and in this ambitious work of synthesis he has attempted to provide one ... Price offers a valuable introduction to the politics of the Dutch Republic, and for students who only read English this book will be essential reading. ( Benjamin J. Kaplan, University of Iowa, Renaissance Quarterly, Spring '97)

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