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Familial State Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe

ISBN-10: 0801474043
ISBN-13: 9780801474040
Edition: 2007
Authors: Julia Adams
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Description: The seventeenth century was called the Dutch Golden Age. Over the course of eighty years, the tiny United Provinces of the Netherlands overthrew Spanish rule and became Europe's dominant power. Eventually, though, Dutch hegemony collapsed as quickly  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 7/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The seventeenth century was called the Dutch Golden Age. Over the course of eighty years, the tiny United Provinces of the Netherlands overthrew Spanish rule and became Europe's dominant power. Eventually, though, Dutch hegemony collapsed as quickly as it had risen. In The Familial State, Julia Adams explores the role that Holland's great families played in this dramatic history. She charts how family patriarchsntilde;who were at the time both state-builders and merchant capitalistsntilde;shaped the first great wave of European colonialism, which in turn influenced European political development in innovative ways.On the basis of massive archival work, Adams arrives at a profoundly gendered reading of the family/power structure of the Dutch elite and their companies, in particular the VOC or Dutch East India Company. In the United Provinces, she finds the first example of the power structure that would dominate the transitional states of early modern Europe-the "familial state." This organizational structure is typified, in her view, by "paternal political rule and multiple arrangements among the family heads."

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Netherlands as Point of Departure
The Patrimonial Nexus and Theories of State Formation
State Making, Hegemony, and Corporate Conflict in the Dutch Golden Age
The Familial State and the Rise of the Netherlands
Patrimonial Problems, Familial States, and Chartered Companies in Seventeenth-Century Europe
Dutch-Decline: The Loyalty of the Patriarch or the "Betrayal of the Bourgeoisie"?
France, England, and the Enigmatic Eighteenth Century
Conclusion
References
Index

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