Title: Patriots and Liberators: Revolution In The ...
Publication Date: 1977
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1977. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 30. 745 pages. April 1977. hardcover. Jacket design by Robert Anthony. 0394485165. keywords: February 13. inventory # 23615. FROM THE PUBLISHER - How the Dutch Republic of the Netherlands went from the powerful cash till of Europe to an impoverished and despised appendage of the French empire. From the brilliant historian who gave us Citizens and Dead Certainties, an innovative and grandly entertaining account of an empire in its death throes. How the Dutch Republic went from the powerful cash till of Europe to an impoverished and despised appendage of the French empire is the subject of this scrupulously researched work. 16 pages of photographs. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 23615
Synopsis: A 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.
From the Publisher: "An outstanding work of historical scholarship...The conclusions are original and this is a magnificent contribution to European history." --J. H. Plumb
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