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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dutch Republic: the greatness of a small nation, 24 Mar 2001
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Rob Ph. Elsas (Nieuwegein, Utr. Netherlands) - See all my reviews
Whatever the Dutch are, they're not nationalists. At Dutch schools there is relatively little attention paid to Dutch history in the 16th to 17th century. The result is that few Dutchmen knows much about this period in which the Dutch won their indepence, and went on become, small as their new nation was, a major European power. It had the largest standing army after Spain, it several times beat the mighty British navy at sea, its commercial fleet was larger than all other European merchant fleets put together. Its culture flowered and -so says the author of this book- can only be compared with the bloom of classic Athens around 500 BC. You don't have to believe me. Just read this book. It is easily the best history of this period, including local Dutch efforts. It might help British readers to have another look at one of their closest neighbours. And it might learn Dutchman something about their roots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 3 Dec 2009
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This review is from: The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall (Paperback)
Nothing is overlooked by the author in this great book about the rise and fall of the Dutch republic. A must-read for every historian who wants to know where the seed of liberalism and tolerance, that was planted during the American and French revolutions, came from.
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Hiroyasu Iida (Kawasakishi, Kanagawaken Japan) - See all my reviews
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