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This is an auction for GOING DUTCH: HOW ENGLAND PLUNDERED HOLLAND'S GLORY by Lisa Jardine. review:

"This is an enthralling book. It is a "sociable" history, the key figure being Constantijn Huygens, a Renaissance Man, and his activities within and between Holland and England during the course of the 17th century. Huygens' many relationships in many different spheres, especially diplomatic, are set in the context of the political and military traumas which both countries had endured or were still enduring. The scientific, philosophical and political exchanges between both countries are portrayed on a very human scale with the many quotations from the writings of those who were involved in them. Jardine notes that collaboration in scientific endeavour continued despite the regular wars between England and Holland, and also notes the connection between trade and commerce, and the spread of scientific knowledge. The book concentrates on a handful of privileged and able individuals, but this maintains its focus, and emphasises the influence that individuals can and do have on national and international affairs. Anyone interested in this period will deepen their insight and empathy for it by reading this book, and anyone who takes it with them on a visit to The Hague and Voorburg, reading it while sitting in one of our lovely cafes or restaurants, will deepen their appreciation of this part of Holland and its rich history. The easy writing style makes this book highly readable, but it is not lightweight history. Highly recommended."

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Large format (trade) paperback 2008.

406 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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