Jonathan Israel is Modern European History Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. His latest book is A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy. (April 2010)

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A Great, Neglected Victory

‘William of Orange sets out to invade the British Isles,’ 1688; painting in the style of Abraham Stock; illustrations from Lisa Jardine’s Going Dutch

Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory

by Lisa Jardine
A tiny corner geographically, the Dutch Republic during the seventeenth century made an immense impression on Europe and the wider world. With a population of around two million, only about one tenth that of France, its strength in shipping, trade, finance, and technology helped it become a major European land …