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John de Witt: Statesman of the "True Freedom" Paperback – 13 Nov 2003

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This is a biography of the Dutch 'Grand Pensionary' John de Witt (1625–72), who combined a powerful intelligence with superb political skills. His political system, called the 'True Freedom' consisted of the maximum autonomy of the provinces and the exclusion of Prince William III of Orange from high office.

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If difficult times are the anvil on which the hammer of personal merit forges historical greatness, the circumstances in which John de Witt took his first office were not favorable. Read the first page
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