Holland and the Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century

Price, J. L.
New York: Oxford University Press

Full title

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

Publisher's description

This original, scholarly, and challenging analysis treats the reality of politics in the Dutch Republic 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. 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.