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A Concise History of the Netherlands
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Introduction; 1. From the margins to the mainstream: Dutch history to 1384; 2. Rise of the Northern Netherlands, 1384-1588; 3. A young republic's golden age, 1588-1672; 4. Diminishing returns and new hopes, 1672-1795; 5. Building a nation-state, 1795-1870; 6. Progress and crisis, 1870-1949; 7. A progressive beacon to the world, 1949-2016; Epilogue.

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This book offers a comprehensive yet compact history of this surprisingly little-known but fascinating country, from pre-history to the present.

About the Author

James C. Kennedy is an expert in recent Dutch history. He has published widely in this field, including books on the cultural revolution of the 1960s and Dutch euthanasia policy. For eight years, he was Professor of Dutch History from the Middle Ages at the University of Amsterdam, before becoming Dean of University College Utrecht.

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'In his sweeping and beautifully written history of the Netherlands, James C. Kennedy offers the reader a compelling story of Dutch history from the early middle ages to the twenty-first century. He highlights the diverse nature of Dutch society, the heterogeneous quality of its politics, and its ability to adapt and thrive in the rapid currents of change. It's the story of a small country with a big history, whose legacy is global in impact. This is the best single volume history in English on the Netherlands.' Peter Arnade, University of Hawaii
'With a stimulating mix of admiration and a keen eye for all its downsides, Kennedy explores and explains the remarkable historical ability of the Dutch to form a harmonious society out of different, often conflicting, parts. An illuminating guide to the past, and for the future.' Jan Hein Furnee, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands
'In seven crisply written chapters, James C. Kennedy offers us a comprehensive survey of the history of the Netherlands, one of Europe's most important small states, whose size belies its influence on European and even global economic, political and cultural history. Kennedy's narrative highlights both the successes and failures of the Dutch experience and underscores the ongoing Dutch capacity for adaptability under changing and challenging historical circumstances.' Christine Kooi, Louisiana State University
'During their Golden Age, the Dutch were 'the wonder of all their neighbours'. In many ways, they still are. James C. Kennedy charts the unlikely history of this small but successful country, uncovering its secrets in lucid prose. A very impressive achievement.' Maarten Prak, Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands
'James C. Kennedy has written a wonderful history of the Netherlands. This in itself is a marvelous thing, and Kennedy has done a great service to the field simply by offering us this concise and incisive book where none practically existed. But he offers much more: a beautifully presented, gracefully written and cogently argued case for the importance of Dutch history. An instant classic.' Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington
'This best comprehensive history of the Netherlands, with thorough coverage in a few hundred pages, is a marvel both in its evenhandedness and its beautiful writing. ... Essential.' J. J. Butt, Choice
'Just like his rendition of the historiographical state of the art in the rest of the book, I find Kennedy's analysis of current political events (in which the work of several of his own students resonates) entirely recognizable and generally convincing. A Concise History of the Netherlands is therefore recommended for any reader, Dutch or non-Dutch, with an interest in the history of the Netherlands but little time to read.' Joris Oddens, European History Quarterly
'In his sweeping and beautifully written history of the Netherlands, James C. Kennedy offers the reader a compelling story of Dutch history from the early middle ages to the twenty-first century. He highlights the diverse nature of Dutch society, the heterogeneous quality of its politics, and its ability to adapt and thrive in the rapid currents of change. It's the story of a small country with a big history, whose legacy is global in impact. This is the best single volume history in English on the Netherlands.' Peter Arnade, University of Hawaii
'With a stimulating mix of admiration and a keen eye for all its downsides, Kennedy explores and explains the remarkable historical ability of the Dutch to form a harmonious society out of different, often conflicting, parts. An illuminating guide to the past, and for the future.' Jan Hein Furnee, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands
'In seven crisply written chapters, James C. Kennedy offers us a comprehensive survey of the history of the Netherlands, one of Europe's most important small states, whose size belies its influence on European and even global economic, political and cultural history. Kennedy's narrative highlights both the successes and failures of the Dutch experience and underscores the ongoing Dutch capacity for adaptability under changing and challenging historical circumstances.' Christine Kooi, Louisiana State University
'During their Golden Age, the Dutch were `the wonder of all their neighbours'. In many ways, they still are. James C. Kennedy charts the unlikely history of this small but successful country, uncovering its secrets in lucid prose. A very impressive achievement.' Maarten Prak, Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands
'James C. Kennedy has written a wonderful history of the Netherlands. This in itself is a marvelous thing, and Kennedy has done a great service to the field simply by offering us this concise and incisive book where none practically existed. But he offers much more: a beautifully presented, gracefully written and cogently argued case for the importance of Dutch history. An instant classic.' Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington
'This best comprehensive history of the Netherlands, with thorough coverage in a few hundred pages, is a marvel both in its evenhandedness and its beautiful writing. ... Essential.' J. J. Butt, Choice
'Just like his rendition of the historiographical state of the art in the rest of the book, I find Kennedy's analysis of current political events (in which the work of several of his own students resonates) entirely recognizable and generally convincing. A Concise History of the Netherlands is therefore recommended for any reader, Dutch or non-Dutch, with an interest in the history of the Netherlands but little time to read.' Joris Oddens, European History Quarterly

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