Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813



A Timely Reissue Of Simon Schama S Landmark Study Of The Netherlands From , This Is A Tale Of A Once Powerful Nation S Desparate Struggle To Survive The Treacheries And Brutality Of European War And Politics Between And The Dutch Republic A Country Once Rich Enough To Be Called The Cash Till Of Europe And Powerful Enough To Make War With England Was Stripped Of Its Colonies, Invaded By Its Enemies, Driven To The Edge Of Bankruptcy, And, Finally, Reduced To Becoming An Appendage Of The French Empire An Appendage Not Even The French Seemed To Value Overmuch Out Of These Events Simon Schama Has Constructed A Gripping Chronicle Of Revolution And Privateering, Constitutions And Coups, In A Tin Y Nation Desperately Struggling To Stay Afloat In A Sea Of Geopolitics Like His Classics The Embarrassment Of Riches And Citizens, Patriots And Liberators Combines A Mastery Of Historical Sources With An Unabashed Delight In Narrative The Result Confirms Schama As A Historian In The Finest Tradition One Whose Study Of The Past Reveals Volumes About The Present This Is One Of Our Most Revered Historians Greatest Works, And This New Perennial Edition Will ReintrodPatriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813

Simon Schama was born in 1945 The son of a textile merchant with Lithuanian and Turkish grandparents, he spent his early years in Leigh on Sea in Essex When his parents moved to London he won a scholarship to Haberdashers Aske s School where his two great loves were English and History Forced to choose between the two he opted to read history at Christ s College, Cambridge Here he was taught by Sir John Plumb whose other students Linda Colley, Roy Porter and John Brewer are now central to British historical thought It was Plumb s influence which instilled in him the importance of narrative and written style in order to gain an audience for history outside academia One of the hallmarks of Schama s work is his flair for description he gets arcane matters to walk, in fact dance, off the page according to fellow historian Peter Hennessy However, his approach is contentious and invites criticism of subjectivity and populism from academic circles Schama remained at Christ s for 10 years after his degree, becoming a fellow and then director of Studies, before moving to Brasenose College Oxford While at Oxford he wrote Patriots and Liberators Revolution in the Netherlands 1780 1813 1977 , which won the Wolfson Literary Award, and Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel 1979 At Oxford he met his wife, Ginny Papaioannou a geneticist from California.Tired of the Oxford system he once described his experience as being like a gerbil on a treadmill and enticed by the freedom of US Academic life, he moved to America in 1980, becoming Professor of History at Harvard Here he wrote The Embarrassment of Riches An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age 1987 , Citizens A Chronicle of the French Revolution 1989 and Dead Certainties Unwarranted Speculations1991 an a unusual linking of the death of General Wolfe at Quebec in 1759 and the murder of a doctor, George Parkman, by a Harvard Professor in 1849 Citizens, which was written at lightening speed 900 pages in only 18 months, won the 1990 NCR Book Award However, Schama s emphasis on the terror and violence of the revolution and his argument, that from its beginning it was a sacrament of blood , ensured it has never found a publisher in France He is now professor in history and art history at Columbia where he has written Landscape and Memory 1996 which received the W H Smith Literary Award and Rembrandt s Eyes 1999 The latter is a controversial reassessment of the artist which attempts to reinstate the notion of Rembrandt the genius, aiming to invoke the atmosphere as well as the historical context In Schama s view, as he tells David D Arcy in Art Newspaper There are some passages of sublime reinvention for which history has absolutely no answers it seems to me pointless and trivial to pretend that it does. Simon Schama has also worked for the BBC on a 16 part series A History of Britain and has been an art critic and cultural essayist for The New Yorker and Talk magazine He lives in New York with his wife and their two children Chloe and Gabriel.

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  • Paperback
  • 745 pages
  • Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813
  • Simon Schama
  • English
  • 27 November 2019
  • 0006861563

10 thoughts on “Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813

  1. says:

    This extraordinary book which won the Wolfson Prize in 1977 is still by far the best thing that Simon Schama has ever written and he has written some very good books since.The rest of Europe tends to be forgotten when one considers the French revolution The reasons are fairly obvious The first is that the participants in the events in Paris included many highly articulate people who left behind memoires, diaries and other documentation that have allowed historians to write wonderful histories This extraordinary book which won the Wolfson Prize in 1977 is still by far the best thing that Simon Schama has ever written and he has written some very good books since.The rest of Europe tends to be forgotten when one considers the French revolution The reasons are fairly obvious The first is that the participants in the events in Paris included many highly articulate people who left behind memoires, diaries and other documentation that have allowed historians to write wonderful histories with great literary qualities The second reason for the focus on Paris, is that Paris produced Napoleon who managed to total disrupt all of Europe from Lisbon to Moscow.However, the Revolutionary movement was a pan European phenomenon of conflict between many local aristocracies and their bourgeois counterparts who wanted a greater share of power and privileged positions in the civil service It is for this reason that the French fire spread so widely Simon Schama shows us how the process worked by presenting his exhaustively researched history of the Netherlands during the period.By zeroing in on the Netherlands Schama on obtains a better perspective on the drama that played out on a continental scale The old oligarchy of aristocrats who possessed a complex set of privileges in the Netherlands that made them wealthy and powerful had successfully managed to resist the efforts of the Patriot faction to concede a larger share of the perquisites to the bourgeois Thus, the goals of the French invaders coincided with the interests of an important section of the Dutch population Moreover, Napoleon s brother Louis who was made King had a very progressive program for the country and a strong desire to make the Netherlandsprosperous The big problem was that Napoleon s irrational love of armed combat forced taxes so high in all the countries he controlled including the Netherlands, that the benefits of progressive politics werethan offset by the brutal payments to the Imperial Treasury Not surprisingly when Napoleon fell, everyone tried to push the clock backwards as far as possible.Patriots and Liberators by its long and detailed study of the Revolutionary and then the Napoleonic experience in the Netherlands greatly enhances our understanding of the events that took place throughout the continent Simon Schama has very rightfully been considered one of the leading historians of our time since it was published

  2. says:

    The extent of Schama s research is amazing He goes into seemingly microscopic detail which occasionally lost me The most interesting part of the book for me came when he drew a very vivid picture of the deal with the devil they signed in asking for French help The extortion only worsened with Napoleon s rise despite the very good intentions of his brother Louis, put on the throne Louis quickly came to love and respect the Dutch but that only angered Napoleon who thought he was simply disloya The extent of Schama s research is amazing He goes into seemingly microscopic detail which occasionally lost me The most interesting part of the book for me came when he drew a very vivid picture of the deal with the devil they signed in asking for French help The extortion only worsened with Napoleon s rise despite the very good intentions of his brother Louis, put on the throne Louis quickly came to love and respect the Dutch but that only angered Napoleon who thought he was simply disloyal to the French Empire

  3. says:

    Very interesting but tends to get bogged down at points.

  4. says:

    Really interesting and almost all new information to me, but very slow going.

  5. says:

    I had ancestors living in the Netherlands during the French Napoleonic Wars,when the Netherlands became the Batavian Republic What was that about I had ancestors living in the Netherlands during the French Napoleonic Wars,when the Netherlands became the Batavian Republic What was that about

  6. says:

    Finally This one was a struggle However, on occassion Schama s excellent prose rises above the somewhat tedious minutiae in Dutch municipal history of the Napoleonic era Stick with Citizens.

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