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Acta Historiae Neerlandicae 8: Studies on the History of the by C. Dekker, H. Soly, J. H. van Stuijvenberg, A. Th. van

By C. Dekker, H. Soly, J. H. van Stuijvenberg, A. Th. van Deursen, M. Müller, E. Witte, P. W. Klein, Alice C. Carter

Volume VIII of Acta Historiae Neerlandicae back offers reviews at the historical past of the Low nations which it's was hoping can be of curiosity to overseas students. The goal has been to house a reasonably lengthy interval, and lots of differing elements, of the topic. So institutional, political, fiscal, social and cultural historical past all obtain a good percentage of realization, and jointly the experiences hide a variety of centuries. it's, although, extraordinary to notice how even this constrained variety of experiences displays triumphing viewpoints between ultra-modern Low international locations' historians. in actual fact there's massive pressure on fiscal and social questions. conventional reports similar to these of former Belgian historians on medieval background, or these of the Dutch at the 17th century, at the moment are giving technique to works which are challenge­ directed. energy buildings, the location of the bourgeoisie, reactions of the intelli­ gentsia and theologians to societal difficulties, have now extra allure for students than the glories of overdue medieval wealth in Flanders or Holland's Golden Age. phrases akin to Guerilla war, fight, melancholy, typify modern severe method of society in general.

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One can scarcely call these three forms of central administration, combined in a single college, a representation of the freeholders. In 1543 the States were defined as follows: the chief dike bailiff with the seven dike reeves, the rentmeester of Zeeland East of the ScheIdt and the magistrate of Zierikzee with the main freeholders. Here, too, there existed a tendency, therefore, towards greater influence on the part of the freeholders, but more through infiltration into and co-operation with, than as a counterweight to, the administrations.

41. Bru1ez, Firma della Faille, 194-200. 42. Cf. the important exposition by P. W. Klein, Kapitaal en stagnatie tijdens het Hollandse vroegkapitalisme (Rotterdam, 1967) concerning an analogous problem: the increasing employment of capital in the financial sector in Holland during the 18th and 19th centuries. 39 H. SOLY However this may be, before 1585 there was among the overwhelming majority of Antwerp merchants no question of any aspiration to use the acquisition of property (with or without a noble title) to repudiate as quickly as possible the status to which their social ascent might be attributed.

Lameere, Recueil des Ordonnances des Pays-Bas, 2e series, II (Brussels, 1898),36-9. For the nature and significance ofthe various annuity transactions: B. Schnapper, Les rentes au XVI" sieele. Histoire d'un instrument de credit (paris, 1957) and P. Godding, Le droit foncier a Bruxelles au moyen age (Brussels, 1960). A concise and clear exposition is to be found in J. H. Kernkamp, Vijftiende-eeuwse rentebrieven van Noordnederlandse steden (Groningen, 1961). 39. In this connection see the important article by W.

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