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A.Th. van Deursen

A.Th. van Deursen (1931 - 2011) was professor emeritus of modern history at the Free University of Amsterdam. He was unrivaled among Dutch historians in his grasp of seventeenth-century Dutch society. In 1991, he published his Mensen van klein vermogen (Plain Lives in a Golden Age) and in 1994 his highly successful Een dorp in de polder. Graft in de zeventiende eeuw (A Village in the Polder). Maurice of Nassau was longlisted for the prestiguous AKO-prize for literature.

Mensen van klein vermogen

Mensen van klein vermogen

Het kopergeld van de gouden eeuw

(Bert Bakker, 1991, 455 pagina's)

One of the leading Dutch historians of the seventeenth century, Arie van Deursen describes how the common people of the Netherlands lived between 1572 and 1648, a period that includes Holland’s Golden Age. He explores what ordinary folk did for a living, how they spent their leisure time, and their relationships with their government, their God and their church.

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Een dorp in de polder

Een dorp in de polder

Graft in de zeventiende eeuw

(Bert Bakker, 1994, 387 pagina's)

Anyone familiar with the Dutch Golden Age knows something about senior civic dignitaries: municipal regents, clergymen, stadtholders, army commanders and admirals. But what about the lives of ordinary people not in the top echelons, not in charge of municipal government, not army commanders or authors of important books? The answer to that question has been given by the historian A.Th. van Deursen in Een dorp in de polder. In this fascinating history of a village, he draws on an astonishing quantity of archival material to bring to life the people of Graft, a village in the Dutch countryside some twelve miles north of Amsterdam.

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Maurits van Nassau

Maurits van Nassau

De winnaar die faalde

(Bert Bakker, 2000, 332 pagina's)

Prince Maurice of Nassau is not a favourite of Dutch historians. In 1619, he had Van Oldenbarneveld, Grand Pensionary of the States of Holland, beheaded for allegedly plotting with Spain, a country with which the Netherlands had been locked in a long struggle for freedom. The image of the old state prosecutor on the scaffold was to enter history as a lasting indictment of the unrelenting Maurice.

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