IN THE REVIEW

Velvet Revolution?

Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands 1780-1813

by Simon Schama
“No scholar cares much to keep company with calamity for long.” Thus Dr. Schama explains the paucity of studies of the Dutch age of catastrophe when the Netherlands were successively defeated at sea by England in 1784, invaded by Prussians in 1787, by the Russians and by the French in …

Dutch Treat

The Dutch Seaborne Empire 1600-1800

by C.R. Boxer, in the series The History of Human Society edited by J.H. Plumb
History, we are told, has never been more popular with the reading public. But if Dr. Plumb is right, the art of writing history is in a poorish way. In his lively Introduction to this new series, he observes that as professional history becomes more accurate, public history becomes more …