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From Revolt to Riches

Culture and History of the Low Countries, 1500–1700

Edited by Professor Theo Hermans, Professor of Dutch and Comparative Literature at UCL, and Director of the UCL Centre for Translation Studies and Professor Reinier Salverda, Director of the Fryske Akademy (KNAW) and Honorary Professor of Dutch Language and Literature, UCL and series edited by Ulrich Tiedau

ISBN: 9781910634899

Publication: March 28, 2017

Series: Global Dutch

What is this?

This collection investigates the culture and history of the Low Countries in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries from both international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The period was one of extraordinary upheaval and change, as the combined impact of Renaissance, Reformation and Revolt resulted in the radically new conditions – political, economic and intellectual – of the Dutch Republic in its Golden Age. While many aspects of this rich and nuanced era have been studied before, the emphasis of this volume is on a series of interactions and interrelations: between communities and their varying but often cognate languages; between different but overlapping spheres of human activity; between culture and history.

The chapters are written by historians, linguists, bibliographers, art historians and literary scholars based in the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and the United States. In continually crossing disciplinary, linguistic and national boundaries, while keeping the culture and history of the Low Countries in the Renaissance and Golden Age in focus, this book opens up new and often surprising perspectives on a region all the more intriguing for the very complexity of its entanglements.

Praise for Revolt to Riches
'The essays are written by historians, linguists, bibliographers, art historians, and literary scholars and cover a variety of political, economic and cultural aspects of this extraordinary period in the history of the Low Countries. While it is, obviously, not possible to discuss all contributions in this short review, it is remarkable that many share an interest in migration, religion, and the production of pamphlets, several of which have beautiful reproductions in this volume.'
BGMN - Low Countries Historical Review

'This edited collection, consisting of 23 articles, gives a versatile and detailed overview of the Low Countries in the early modern period. The range of topics is interesting and the articles well argued, which makes this collection not only suitable for those interested in the individual topics, but also a valuable general introduction to the Low Countries in this period…the collection at no point feels tired or dull, but portrays the Low Countries with vivid colours. This is partly assisted by the beautiful illustrations in colour.’
Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis

Reinier Salverda is Honorary Professor of Dutch Language and Literature at UCL and Honorary Research Fellow of the Fryske Akademy in the Netherlands.

Theo Hermans is Professor of Dutch and Comparative Literature at UCL, and Director of the UCL Centre for Translation Studies.

Ulrich Tiedau is Associate Professor of Dutch at UCL and an Associate Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. In addition, he serves as editor-in-chief of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies.

'This edited collection, consisting of 23 articles, gives a versatile and detailed overview of the Low Countries in the early modern period. The range of topics is interesting and the articles well argued, which makes this collection not only suitable for those interested in the individual topics, but also a valuable general introduction to the Low Countries in this period. The chapters are ordered roughly chronologically and take the reader through several areas of interest, ranging from the use of Latin, art history, Dutch architecture, close readings of important literary and historical texts, to Calvinism and politics. As a result, the collection at no point feels tired or dull, but portrays the Low Countries with vivid colours. This is partly assisted by the beautiful illustrations in colour. There is a good balance between chapters that provide the reader with a more general introduction to certain topics, such as Johan Verberckmoes' introduction to stereotyping and A. Agnes Sneller's chapter on political Dutch pamphlets, and those chapters detailing a more specific historical moment, for example Marcel Backhouse's investigation of Dutch and Flemish strangers in Sandwich. It is also refreshing to see that this edited volume takes the diplomatic relations between the Low Countries and other countries, with a particular emphasis on England, into account, such as in Hugh Dunthorne's chapter on the Dutch revolt in English political culture. There is, moreover, space for some of the more esoteric forces that were at play in the early modern period, of which P.E.L. Verkuyl's chapter on geomancy is a brilliant example. The reader thus travels from the familiar to the unfamiliar, from the curious and curiouser.'
  Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis

Format: Open Access PDF

314 Pages

ISBN: 9781910634899

Publication: March 28, 2017

Series: Global Dutch

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