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The History of Holland (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)

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ISBN-13: 978-0313306587
ISBN-10: 0313306583
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"The text is especially well-written for its intended audience--it is readable, interesting, and informative. The indexing is thorough." - American Reference Books Annual

"…offers a valuable overview of the Dutch people and how they came to be a superpower that fostered a company such as the United East India Company. An informative read!" - Calliope magazine

About the Author

MARK T. HOOKER is a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University. He is author of The Military Uses of Literature (Praeger 1996) and Customs and Etiquette in Holland (1997). He served as a linguist and foreign area specialist as a uniformed member of the U.S. Armed Forces and also as a Department of Defense civilian.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (August 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313306583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313306587
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,166,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Almost one third of this book is devoted to background, such as geography, econony, political system, and society. It is space and time well spent. The entire book reads quite easily, and I often had a hard time putting it down.
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As someone who enjoys learning about history I thought it was about time I learn about where my own great-grandparents had come from. There weren't many choices but this one looked promising. Unfortunately for me, way to much of the book is dedicated to the very recent (in 1999) history, while periods like the entire time from the fall of Roman influence in the Netherlands at around 400 AD to the rise of House Burgundy in the 1400s get less than 5 pages. Instead we spend time learning the exact population density (in 1999) of the provinces, or exactly how many miles of roads it has, or the exact amount in benefits a widow might expect to receive from the state after her spouse dies. The whole book reminded me of nothing so much as a grade school textbook filled with simple facts like that that are easy to regurgitate in a test setting. Which wouldn't have been so bad, it is a short book after all, except again it's almost all based on caring what those figured are in 98 or 99. World War II gets barely more than 2 pages, including 4 sentences over probably the most famous victim of the Holocaust, Anne Frank. And one of those is a sentence stating how it's still discussed today who exactly betrayed them, again focusing on the recent instead of the actual history.

Plus 1999 was an especially unfortunate time to publish this book. This means the euro hadn't taken affect yet (it's mentioned as something that's coming), and it's 2 years early of the global war on terror starting. This book not only aged badly, it did so amazingly quickly. The financial collapse of '08 doesn't help matters.

On the plus side, you do get a sense for Dutch culture and there are some interesting facts in there.
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A nice way to get a light grasp on the Netherlands, for someone who knows little to nothing about the country. It actually leans a bit more on contemporary Dutch culture than I would have expected, but that's no bad thing.
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My husband was born in Rotterdam, left Holland for America when he was 8. He has always wanted to know more about the history of his birth country. This is a great book, filled with lots of facts. He was surprised for Christmas and has a read a bit each night. Great information!!
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I've got the hard-back verion, and if you don't hold it carefully, pages can come unstuck (they're not hard to put back in, thou').

Quite a good history otherwise.
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