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Patriots and Liberators

A timely reissue of Simon Schama's landmark study of the Netherlands from 1780--1813, this is a tale of a once-powerful nation's desparate struggle to survive the treacheries and brutality of European war and politics. Between 1780 and 1813 the Dutch Republic -- a country once rich enough to be called the cash till of Europe and powerful enough to make war with England -- was stripped of its colonies, invaded by its enemies, driven to the edge of bankruptcy, and, finally, reduced to becoming an appendage of the French empire -- an appendage not even the French seemed to value overmuch. Out of these events Simon Schama has constructed a gripping chronicle of revolution and privateering, constitutions and coups, in a tiny nation desperately struggling to stay afloat in a sea of geopolitics. Like his classics The Embarrassment of Riches and Citizens, Patriots and Liberators combines a mastery of historical sources with an unabashed delight in narrative. The result confirms Schama as a historian in the finest tradition -- one whose study of the past reveals volumes about the present. This is one of our most revered historians greatest works, and this new Perennial edition will reintroduce his genius to a new generation of readers.
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Simon Schama is a superstar historian -- famous throughout the English speaking world for his prize-winning books and his History of Britain series for the BBC. His History of Britain books have dominated the bestseller lists for the last 3 years. The gorgeous Perennial reissues of Landscape and Memory and The Embarrassment of Riches in Spring '04 have only further raised Schama's profile.

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Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He is the author of The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Dead Certainties, Rembrandt's Eyes and Landscape and Memory. His monumental History of Britain is published in three volumes by BBC Worldwide in the UK and Talk Miramax Books in the US. He was art crticis of the New Yorker in 1995 to 1998 and was made CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours list.


'An outstanding work of historical scholarship ... Simon Schama writes brilliantly. He can bring a character alive in a sentence ... This powerful book reads with the ease of a novel. Every page glitters with intelligence and perception. In every way Patriots and Liberators is an extraordinary acheivement.' J.H. Plumb 'This remarkable book is more than a revision, it is a revelation.' A.J.P. Taylor, Observer 'A dramatic story, full of pathos and true comedy. If any book may be said to inhale without sententiousness the clear, calm and steadying air of a European ideal, this is it.' Michaels Ratcliffe, The Times 'Schama's book is written in the grand manner, its sweep is as impressive as its erudation and the constant brilliance of its style. He give the Dutch revolution back to the people to whom it belonged -- the Dutch.' Economist

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