Power and the city in the Netherlandic world /
edited by Wayne Te Brake and Wim Klooster.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006.
viii, 242 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
900415129X (alk. paper), 9789004151291
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006.
900415129X (alk. paper)
general note
Rev. papers presented at the 1st International Conference on this theme organized by the Society for Netherlandic History and held at Columbia University in June 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Offering new perspectives on urban history in Europe, this volume explores the rise of powerful cities in the Low Countries & how they exercised authority, comparing the political trajectory followed with that of other states.
Description for Reader
All those interested in social and cultural history, urban history, the history of medieval and early modern Europe, and the history of the Low Countries.
Main Description
In the absence of a powerful state, how was coercive power established within, over, and by the cities of the Low Countries? Eleven chapters covering the medieval and early modern periods explore this theme from various angles. Some chapters detail symbolic contests or armed struggle, while others focus on industrial control by urban magistrates or their attempts to regulate servants and maintain religious orthodoxy. The essays suggest that the Netherlandic world, in which cities have always loomed large, may have followed a distinctive path of political development that characterized the urban belt of Europe more generally. As such, this volume aims to create new understandings of the place of the Low Countries in European history.
Main Description
The eleven wide-ranging essays in this volume covering the medieval and early modern periods explore how coercive power was established within, over, and by the cities of the Low Countries. They suggest a distinctive path of political development.
Table of Contents
The rebellions of southern low countries' towns during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuriesp. 27
The distorted messages of peace : controlled and uncontrolled reactions to propaganda in the Burgundian low countries during the fifteenth centuryp. 45
Beggars and iconoclasts : the political culture of iconoclasm on the eve of the revolt of the Netherlandsp. 59
Confessional cleansing : why Amsterdam did not join the revolt (1572-1578)p. 85
Power by construction : which cities where? : problems in sixteenth century timber supplies, sawmills, and laborp. 103
Institutions, politics, and economic policies in Habsburg Holland : the decline of Gouda's brewing industry, 1510-1568p. 123
Visible power? : town halls and political valuesp. 149
Stories about the gallows field : power and laughter in seventeenth-century Amsterdamp. 177
The struggle over the Sabbath in Petrus Stuyvesant's New Amsterdamp. 205
'There is no service here but my service!' : municipal attempts to regulate domestic servant behavior in early modern Hollandp. 225
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