Willem Frijhoff

Willem Frijhoff teaches history at the Free University of Amsterdam. His writings include Wegen van Evert Willemsz. Een Hollands weeskind op zoek naar zichzelf (The Quest of Evert Willemsz: A Dutch Orphan in Search of Himself, 1995).

1650: Hard-won Unity

1650: Hard-won Unity

(SDU Uitgevers, 1999, 704 pages)

This ambitious study presents the latest views on society during the famous Dutch Golden Age. No other general work treats the most important themes of Dutch culture so systematically. The book is more informative, more soundly researched and less speculative than Simon Schama’s The Embarrassment of Riches (1987). It is also an outstanding complement to Jonathan Israel’s great work, The Dutch Republic (1995), with its predominantly economic and political approach.

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