Familial State Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe
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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 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."
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 7/19/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|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|