Exercise of Arms: Warfare in the Netherlands, 1568-1648

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Marco van der Hoeven
BRILL, 1997 - History - 235 pages
The great European conflict known as the Thirty Years War was only the final phase of a war in the Netherlands which was to last 80 years. In the course of this the Dutch rose up successfully against their Spanish rulers and established a Republic in the early 16th century which was the envy of its contemporaries. This volume brings together papers by 11 leading military historians from the Netherlands who discuss the processes by which the Dutch organised and financed the military apparatus which was eventually to defeat the leading land and maritime power of their day, and to maintain the position of Holland as a world power until well into the 18th century. Articles cover military matters such as changes in strategy and tactics and issues such as the financing of the war, effort, the navy, privateering and the arms trade.
 

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Contents

some reflections upon the military
17
The Eighty Years War
33
The day the nation was born The battle of Heiligerlee 1568
57
Maurits van Nassau and siege warfare 15901597
113
Foundation organization and effects of the Dutch
153
For freedom and fortune The rise of Dutch privateering
173
Arms production and exports in the Dutch Republic
197
The waardgelders of Den Haag
211
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About the author (1997)

Marco van der Hoeven (1970) studied history at Leiden University, and worked in the National Army Museum as assistent-curator. He is manager of a battlefield tour-agency. He has published several books and articles on Dutch military history.

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