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

James Tracy


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 James D. 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 was in theory subject to the States General, Holland provided over 60% of the taxes and an even larger share of war loans. Accordingly, funds were directed to securi ... More

Keywords: Dutch Republic, Dutch Revolt, Province of Holland, States of Holland, Amsterdam, Habsburg Netherlands, William of Orange, Republicanism, Dutch economic boom, Calvinism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199209118
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199209118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Tracy, author
Professor of History, University of Minnesota
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