By Mark T. Hooker
Holland was a superpower upon whose empire the sunlight by no means set. this present day it truly is at the cutting edge of social swap. This historical past of Holland, from its earliest beginnings to the current day, presents the main updated survey of recent Dutch historical past, together with the present Dutch method of a few social concerns, comparable to the welfare nation, the surroundings, socialized drugs, and the function of the army within the post-Cold warfare global. Containing a wealth of present info and records, this paintings can assist the reader to appreciate the Dutch either in the old context during which Holland exists and as international leaders in social switch as we process the twenty-first century. This engagingly written historical past presents a modern assessment of Holland's geography, economic climate, political procedure, and society. Chapters prepared chronologically hint the historical past and tradition of the country from the Ice Age to the hot post-Cold conflict global. Chapters on fresh Dutch heritage exhibit how Holland has claimed a number one position in social switch: the Dutch have approved euthanasia, socialized drugs, and legalized smooth medicines. a variety of short biographical sketches will introduce the reader to a number of the vital Dutch personalities all through Holland's historical past, and a bibliographical essay can assist the researcher to find suggested books and different fabrics for additional interpreting.
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Extra resources for The History of Holland (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)
What kind of political systems have evolved there? What kind of influence do they have in their own region? What are the dominant political, religious, and cultural forces that move their leaders? These and many other questions are answered in the volumes of this series. The authors who have contributed to this series have written comprehensive histories of their nations, dating back to prehistoric time in some cases. S. policy. Authors have made an effort to be as up-to-date as possible so that readers can benefit from the most recent scholarship and a narrative that includes very recent events.
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), they had to learn to swim together or, most assuredly, they would have all drowned separately. The Dutch are hardworking, determined, and do not give up easily. Since 1200, there have been at least twenty major floods. The Frisians, who settled in the northern part of present-day Holland over 2,000 years ago, built huge earth mounds called terpen to protect them and their livestock from high tides and floods. Eventually, some of these mounds were connected by earthwork walls for additional protection.
THE TWELVE PROVINCES Drenthe This is the least-populated province of Holland, with a density of 172 inhabitants per square kilometer. It is home to five of Holland’s six national parks. The Dutch go to Drenthe on vacation to get away from it all. The capital of Drenthe is Assen. After World War II, government policy encouraged industrialization in the north, and southeast Drenthe thus houses the largest industrial concentration in the north. The plastics, metal, optical, and precision-instrument industries are well represented there.