The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Vol. 1

by John Lothrop Motley

Hardcover, 1879


New York: Harper & Brothers


To the Dutch Republic, even more than to Florence at an earlier day, is the world indebted for practical instruction in that great science of political equilibrium which must always become more and more important as the various states of the civilized world are pressed more closely together, and as the struggle for pre-eminence becomes more feverish and fatal. - John Lothrop Motley, from the Preface Motley spent five years in Dresden, Brussels, and the Hague to produce, in 1856, this popular three-volume history hailed by readers of the time and recognized by scholars since as a standard of the field. The lessons for modern society Motley finds in the microcosm of Holland continue to hold true in today's uncertain political environment, and his dramatic narrative and eloquent, lyrical prose remain a delight. The author's respect for the people of the Netherlands and their triumphs as a nation still shines through, and this love letter to the Dutch Republic retains the power to instruct and inform. AUTHOR BIO: American diplomat and historian John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877) studied law at Harvard and G ttingen, in Germany, where he befriended Otto von Bismarck. He traveled extensively in Europe, frequently in the diplomatic service, but he is remembered primarily for his literary output of historical essays and criticism, political pamphlets, and novels. Oliver Wendell Holmes presented his biography in 1879 under the title John Lothrop Motley: A Memoir.… (more)

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LibraryThing member antiquary
Nowadays probably considered too biased in favor the the Dutch Protestant rebels, but still a classic work of history
LibraryThing member Schmerguls
1064 The Rise of the Dutch Republic: A History Volume One, by John Lothrop Motley (read 2 Aug 1970) I found this volume and its succeeding volumes extremely biased, but they tell an interesting story. Except for the anti-Catholic bias the book is good reading.
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