The history of trade and the legitimacy of the Dutch Republic

Stapelbroek, Koen (2021) The history of trade and the legitimacy of the Dutch Republic. In: Alimento, Antonella, and Della Fontana, Aris, (eds.) Histories of Trade as Histories of Civilisation. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 117-150.

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The Dutch Republic played a key role in most histories of trade. It was often the pivotal point in the narratives of European writers seeking to explain the transition from an early-modern dynastic system to one of the modern commercial competition between states. In contrast to these later histories of trade, however, reflections on the historicity of wealth from trade were not used by earlier Dutch writers to promote commercial policies and institutional reforms, but instead to rationalise the creation of new wealth, to contribute to the process of situating the republic as an equal to Europe’s dynastic monarchies and shape the character of the newly emerged Dutch state. This chapter addresses the different functions that ideas about history and trade fulfilled in relation to the legitimation of the Dutch state itself, as it acquired an identity and a political role among European states.

Item ID: 71175
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-030-80087-1
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 23:07
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430308 European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman) @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430310 Global and world history @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130704 Understanding Europe’s past @ 100%
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