Dutch Civilisation in the Seventeenth Century

Dutch Civilisation in the Seventeenth Century

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Dutch Civilisation in the Seventeenth Century is a book published in Dutch by the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga in 1941. Huizinga's work analyses the causes, content and consequences of the seventeenth century in the Netherlands, a period that can be broadly subsumed under the title and concept of the Dutch Golden Age.

In his view, the efflorescence of art, literature and economic activity that characterised that period was driven by certain key factors: the idea that Dutch society was differentiated from other countries in Europe, for instance, by being fundamentally middle-class. The involvement of the middle-class in public life led to a 'discussion culture' which helped foment new ideas and inventions. Religion was also an important factor here, according to Huizinga, particularly given the virtues of Calvinism

Hardback with dustwrapper. 288 pages. Good condition

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