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The Dutch in the Early Modern World

The Dutch in the Early Modern World

A History of a Global Power

About the book

Emerging at the turn of the seventeenth century, the Dutch Republic rose to become a powerhouse of economic growth, artistic creativity, military innovation, religious tolerance and intellectual development. This is the first textbook to present this period of early modern Dutch history in a global context. It makes an active use of illustrations, objects, personal stories and anecdotes to present a lively overview of Dutch global history that is solidly grounded in sources and literature.

Early modern global expansion

Focusing on themes that resonate with contemporary concerns, such as overseas exploration, war, slavery, migration, identity and racism, this volume charts the multiple ways in which the Dutch were connected with the outside world. It serves as an engaging and accessible introduction to Dutch history as well as a case study in early modern global expansion.

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About the author

David Onnekink is Assistant Professor of the early modern history of international relations at the University of Utrecht.

He studied at the Universities of Utrecht, York and London (UCL), and finished his PhD-thesis on the 1st Earl of Portland at the Universiteit Utrecht in 2004. He was a fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Edinburgh (2004) and the Huntington Library in Los Angeles (2005). In 2004 he was awarded a postdoctoral VENI-grant (-2008) by NWO. Between 2007 and 2010 he was a Lecturer at the University of Leiden. From 2011 to 2014 he worked on a project on the Peace of Utrecht, sponsored by NWO.

He is specialised in international relations in the early modern age and particularly interested in religion; he edited War and Religion after Westphalia 1648-1713 (Ashgate Publishing, 2009). He is the co-founder of an international academic network on history of international relations and co-hosts a series of scholarly monographs and volumes of essays in this field with Routledge: Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650–1750. He co-organised several international conferences on the Peace of Utrecht between 2012 and 2014 and co-wrote a monograph with Renger de Bruin on De Vrede van Utrecht (1713). His Reinterpreting the Dutch Forty Years War, 1672-1713 was published in November 2016. He and Gijs Rommelse were Dr. Ernst Crone Fellow at the Scheepvaartmuseum (2016-2017, Amsterdam) and have written The Dutch in the Early Modern World: The Rise and Fall of a Global Power (Cambridge CU, 2019). He was fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study (Sept.-Dec. 2016).

His current interests focus on the global history of Protestant mission. In the summer fo 2019 he will be an Alumni Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study to work on this subject, and he was awarded a grant by the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome to organize a colloquium on Protestant mission history in September 2019.