The Founding of the Dutch Republic: War, Finance, and Politics in Holland, 1572-1588

Hardcover | January 24, 2008

byJames Tracy

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In 1572, towns in the province of Holland, led by William of Orange, rebelled against the government of the Habsburg Netherlands. The story of the Dutch Revolt is usually told in terms of fractious provinces that frustrated Orange's efforts to formulate a coherent programme. In this book JamesD. Tracy argues that there was a coherent strategy for the war, but that it was set by the towns of Holland. Although the States of Holland were in theory subject to the States General, Holland provided over 60 per cent of the taxes and an even larger share of war loans. Accordingly, funds weredirected to securing Holland's borders, and subsequently to extending this protected frontier to neighbouring provinces.Shielded from the war by its cordon sanitaire, Holland experienced an extraordinary economic boom, allowing taxes and loans to keep flowing. The goal - in sight if not achieved by 1588 - was a United Provinces of the north, free and separate from provinces in the southern Netherlands that remainedunder Spanish rule. With Europe increasingly under the sway of strong hereditary princes, the new Dutch Republic was a beacon of promise for those who still believed that citizens ought to rule themselves.

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In 1572, towns in the province of Holland, led by William of Orange, rebelled against the government of the Habsburg Netherlands. The story of the Dutch Revolt is usually told in terms of fractious provinces that frustrated Orange's efforts to formulate a coherent programme. In this book JamesD. Tracy argues that there was a coherent ...

James D. Tracy is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:January 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199209111

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IntroductionPART I: THE HABSBURG NETHERLANDS, 1549 - 1567Prologue to Part I: Prince Philip's Tour of the Low Countries, 15491. The Habsburg-Valois School of War2. War Finance and Fiscal Devolution3. Holland as a Body Politic, I: The Habsburg Era, to 1567PART II: WAR IN HOLLAND, OCTOBER 1572 - JULY 1576Prologue to Part II: Repression, Rebellion, and Revolt, 1567 - 15724. Toward a Workable Strategy for Defensive Warfare5. The New Fiscal Regime6. Holland's Rulers: the Urban OligarchiesPART III: HOLLAND AND THE 'CLOSER UNION,' TO 1582Prologue to Part III: The States General at War with Spain7. Holland's Garden8. Paying for an Ever More Expensive War9. Holland as a Body Politic, II: Seeds of DiscordPART IV: A NEW REPUBLIC, 1583 - 1588Prologue to Part IV: Parma's Offensive, 1583 - 158810. The Securing of Holland's Forward Frontier, 1583 - 158811. Holland's Pyramid of Credit12. Partisan Strife, 1583 - 1588: Holland and its CriticsEpilogue: The Dutch Republic in the European Republican TraditionAbbreviations and Bibliography