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Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory (Text Only): How England Plundered Holland's Glory by [Jardine, Lisa]
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‘At the heart of Lisa Jardine’s beautifully written and illustrated new book is a wonderfully vivid and richly layered account of 17th-century cultural interactions between England and the Dutch.’ Times Higher Education

‘In Lisa Jardine’s stimulating survey of Anglo-Dutch cross-currents, the events of 1688, which put William, ‘Stadtholder’ of the Dutch Republic, on the English throne along with his wife Mary, are ultimately seen less as an invasion, and more as a merger of two societies with a great deal in common.’ Waterstones Books Quarterly

‘[A] meticulous study…the essential point of the book…lies in its perception of a larger culture that joined Holland and England. They were united both in theory and in practice across a whole range of pursuits…It is a remarkable phase of 17th century culture that has generally been overlooked. In ‘Going Dutch’ it is brought back to life.’ The Times

‘An exciting vision and the way Jardine describes these ‘circuits of transmission’ makes one long to have been alive in the 17th century…[a] stimulating book [which] generates a long list of new questions.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Jardine remarks that her book has merely ‘scratched the surface’ of her chosen subject. This is unduly modest: in fact, it digs far deeper and unearths far more…than this recusatio would suggest. That there is more yet to be uncovered is not a criticism of this book, but a testimony to the extraordinary breadth, richness and complexity of the terrain its author has mapped out and made her own.’ Literary Review

‘Jardine has numerous beautifully researched tales to tell about the cultural exchanges which Hugyens facilitated…this fascinating study will and should inspire further research into our Dutch heritage.’ Dianne Purkiss, The Independent

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'Jardine energettically argues that the symbiosis of Anglo-Dutch culture is a much overlooked prelude to the Glorious Revolution.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1567 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY5GM2O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book examines the interaction between English and Dutch culture in the 17th century, and one of its themes is that these relations were were very close long before the reign of William and Mary; and in fact Lisa Jardine ends her story around 1690, and deals hardly at all with the Dutch influence in England after that time.

She begins with the political background. In the first chapter we are told of the sheer scale of the fleet and army with which William of Orange invaded England in 1688 and reminds us that London experienced an occupation by Dutch troops for the next two years. Lisa Jardine shows how meticulously the invasion had been planned, especially with regard to the propaganda which accompanied it, much of it under the guidance of Gilbert Burnet. This managed to convey the idea that William's purpose had been to save England from a Catholic dictatorship which was alien to it; but she also makes the well-established point that it was a strategic necessity for the Dutch to prevent England cooperating again, as it had one in 1672, with Louis XIV's obvious aggressive designs against the United Provinces.

In the following chapters Lisa Jardine goes back a couple of generations to show the close dynastic relationship between the Stuarts and the House of Orange. The latter had, for the last two generations, behaved more and more like a hereditary monarchy with lavish courts, and had established dynastic links with the Stuarts: the Stadtholder Frederick Henry had married his son, the future William II, to Mary, the daughter of Charles I; William II in turn had married his son, the future William III, to Mary, the daughter of the future James II.
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In this entertaining study of British history from the late seventeenth century Professor Jardine analyses he steps that brought about the Glorious Revolution which saw James II deposed in favour of his daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange. While everyone remembers the failed Spanish Armada of 1588, the far larger and more effective Dutch invasion fleet that set out against Britain exactly one hundred years later tends to be overlooked in the communal shared memory of history (at least in Britain!).

However, although Britain was either openly at war with, or at least in a state of muted belligerence towards, Holland throughout much of the 1670s and 1680s, there was a flourishing exchange of cultural endeavour, and even the open correspondence about scientific and technological advances (even though many of them were of military value). This was, after all, a golden age for science, which saw the launch of the Royal Society under the patronage of Charles II.

This is territory that Professor Jardine has already richly harvested in her biographies of Wren and Hooke, and "Ingenious Pursuits", her history of the Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment. She writes with a great clarity that lets her immense enthusiasm shine through. Of course, it is not at all surprising that she should show such zest for the pursuit of knowledge - after all, her father was Professor Jacob Bronowski. However, her particular gift is the ability to convey that enthusiasm to her readers, even those without a strong scientific grounding themselves.
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This is an enthralling book. It is a "sociable" history, the key figure being Constantijn Huygens, a real renaissance man, and his activities within and between Holland and England during the course of the 17th century. Huygens' many relationships in many different spheres, especially diplomatic, are set in the context of the political and military traumas which both countries had endured or were still enduring.

The scientific, philosophical and political exchanges between both countries are portrayed on a very human scale with the many quotations from the writings of those who were involved in them. Jardine notes that collaboration in scientific endeavour continued despite the regular wars between England and Holland, and also notes the connection between trade and commerce, and the spread of scientific knowledge. The book concentrates on a handful of privileged and particularly able individuals, but this maintains its focus, and emphasises the influence that individuals can and do have on national and international affairs.

My favourite quotation is on p.366, by William Brereton: "It is no wonder that these Dutchmen should thrive before us. Their statesmen are all merchants. They have travelled in foreign countries, they understand the course of trade, and they do everything to further its interests." If only this were a pre-requisite for modern aspiring politicians.

I should declare an interest - I am an English engineer who lives in Voorburg in Holland, close to Huygens' house Hofwijk, the Huygens family are naturally local heroes, and Christiaan Huygens is a very important scientific figure for me. But this makes this book all the more attractive.
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