Revolt in the Netherlands

The Eighty Years War, 1568-1648

Anton van Der Lem

Revolt in the Netherlands

Anton van Der Lem

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272 pages | 74 color plates, 7 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2019
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781789140866 Published March 2019 For sale in North and South America only
In 1568, the Seventeen Provinces in the Netherlands rebelled against the absolutist rule of the king of Spain. A confederation of duchies, counties, and lordships, the Provinces demanded the right of self-determination, the freedom of conscience and religion, and the right to be represented in government. Their long struggle for liberty and the subsequent rise of the Dutch Republic was a decisive episode in world history and an important step on the path to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And yet, it is a period in history we rarely discuss.

In his compelling retelling of the conflict, Anton van der Lem explores the main issues at stake on both sides of the struggle and why it took eighty years to achieve peace. He recounts in vivid detail the roles of the key protagonists, the decisive battles, and the war’s major turning points, from the Spanish governor’s Council of Blood to the Twelve Years Truce, while all the time unraveling the shifting political, religious, and military alliances that would entangle the foreign powers of France, Italy, and England. Featuring striking, rarely seen illustrations, this is a timely and balanced account of one of the most historically important conflicts of the early modern period.
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Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews, author of "Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation"
“This fresh, original, and beautifully written book offers as fine an introduction as one could wish to the revolt in the Netherlands—why it occurred, and why the Low Countries would eventually be divided against all expectation into a free north and a Spanish south. Elegant and fair-minded, and crammed with previously unseen visual material, this book will be recognized as a definitive study of a critical episode in the development of modern European society.”
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