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Pepijn Brandon, collage of Pittsburgh

In struggle, Capital, and the Dutch nation (1588-1795), Pepijn Brandon strains the interplay among country and capital within the agency of battle within the Dutch Republic from the Dutch rebellion of the 16th century to the Batavian Revolution of 1795. Combining deep theoretical perception with a radical exam of unique resource fabric, starting from the position of the Dutch East- and West-India businesses to the interior workings of the Amsterdam naval shipyard, and from nation coverage to the position of non-public intermediaries in army finance, Brandon offers a sweeping new interpretation of the increase and fall of the Dutch Republic as a hegemonic energy in the early glossy capitalist world-system.

Winner of the 2014 D.J. Veegens prize, presented by way of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and arts. Shortlisted for the 2015 global monetary heritage Congress dissertation prize (early glossy period).

Biographical note
Pepijn Brandon, Ph.D. (2013), collage of Amsterdam, is a prize-winning historian of the Dutch Republic. He has held positions on the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the overseas Institute of Social heritage, and is at present established on the college of Pittsburgh.

All attracted to the heritage of the Dutch Republic, struggle, kingdom formation, the army revolution debates, ecu growth, and the origins of capitalism.

"How may the Dutch Republic that used to be so in contrast to the fitting of a strong, centralized kingdom play an important function for thus lengthy within the war-torn state-system of early-modern Europe? For Pepijn Brandon the reason is living within the incontrovertible fact that it was once a ‘federal-brokerage state’. Dutch state-makers persisted to devolve energy downwards in the direction of neighborhood and provincial associations instead of to create nationwide administrative our bodies and to favour brokerage over paperwork. They mediated among retailers orientated towards the area industry and extra neighborhood curiosity teams and will hence draw at the outstanding assets of the Dutch financial system. It used to be purely overdue within the eighteenth century that inner limits of this parcellized kingdom constitution turned patent. to teach its significant strengths and its ultimately rising weaknesses the writer offers a really lucid in-depth research of 3 components of interplay among the country and capitalists within the association of warfare.
This groundbreaking booklet presents a desirable and an expert case-study of the particular interaction of 3 of the most using forces within the heritage of the early smooth period: capitalism, state-formation and battle and has significant implications for plenty of normal claims which were made with reference to their heritage and the historical past of the Dutch Republic."
Prof. dr. Peer Vries, collage of Vienna

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208. introduction 29 The Federal-Brokerage State and its ‘Historic Bloc’ Based on the four points of criticism outlined in the previous section, the role of the state in the Dutch cycle of accumulation can be pictured in a more dynamic way than was done in Arrighi’s original description. Each stage of the cycle was accompanied as well as shaped by a reconfiguration of the relation between state and society. A short overview of this process is necessary to understand the concrete examination of these relations at the practical, institutional level pursued in this book.

Rather, the federal-brokerage structure of the Dutch state allowed it to mediate between a powerful merchant class oriented toward the world market, and social relations in production that remained predominantly small scale and local. The middle and upper strata of the urban small producers could feel represented by the state as long as its federal make-up provided easy access to career opportunities, contracts, and local economic protection, extending in turn their willingness to accept its rule and pay taxes.

Unity between the different elements of Dutch hegemony seemed to emerge spontaneously, underwriting the outward power of the States General while enabling them to retain their non-interventionist attitude towards the home economy. The transition from the second, hegemonic phase of the cycle to the third – in which the Dutch Republic lost first its lead in manufactures, then in trade, and finally in finance, as well as its position as a European great power – can be seen as a second restructuring of the relations between state and society.

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