Henk van Nierop

Henk van Nierop is Professor of Modern History at the University of Amsterdam and director of the university’s Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Century. He regularly publishes work on aspects of Dutch sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history. He is one of the authors of the first volume of the new History of Amsterdam (2004).

The Betrayal of the Northern Quarter

The Betrayal of the Northern Quarter

Oorlog, terreur en recht in de Nederlandse Opstand

(Prometheus, 1999, 344 pages)

At the time, the Dutch Revolt must have been experienced as an incoherent series of battles, sieges, skirmishes, ambushes and random incidents. Only later were these melded into a rational historical account under the heading the Eighty Years War (1568-1648), a national war of independence from Spanish rule. A coherent epic was created, full of drama, heroism, absolute villains and saintly heroes. After the Second World War however, this Eighty Years War again came to be seen as a revolt, inextricably linked to social and economic developments, and to problems connected with the Reformation and the invention of the nation state.

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