Best studies of history of Netherlands' fight for independence

Oct 2012
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Could someone recommend the best studies on the long history of the many revolts in Flanders and the Netherlands, going back to the 1200s and into the 1500s, that led to the establishment of the Netherlands?
Thanks
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
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Netherlands
Promised Lands: The Low Countries Under Burgundian Rule, 1369-1530 (The Middle Ages Series) by Blockmans.

Also anything written by Huizinga (autumn of the middle ages) is good, even though it is dated. He is like the Aristotle of Dutch history.
 

Linschoten

Ad Honoris
Aug 2010
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Welsh Marches
Wonderful book and not dated in any bad sense, but it's not really about the subject in question. More relevant is a book by another great Dutch historian, Pieter Geyl:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Dutch-Speaking-Peoples-1555-1648-Netherlands/dp/1842122258/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542804069&sr=1-2&keywords=history+dutch+people
Anything by Huizing or Geyl is worth reading, humane scholarship at its best, Geyl's book on Napoleon is one of my favourites:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Napoleon-Against-Peregrine-Pieter-Geyl/dp/0140550100/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542804185&sr=1-5&keywords=geyl+pieter
and this by Huizinga:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Homo-Ludens-Study-Play-Element-Culture/dp/1621389995/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542804311&sr=1-1&keywords=huizinga
 
Oct 2012
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Pieter Geyl looks interesting, but starts in 1555, and Bockmans in 1369. My understanding, however, is that two very important early revolts took place in the early 1200s. Anything on that?
Thanks
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
5,395
Netherlands
I wouldn't know of anything major happening around 1200-1250. However it is the time when Flanders (and Brabant) started to rise. Flanders started to come in conflict with the king of France a lot (a couple of times the duke died without an apparent heir and the king moved in). Battle of the Golden Spurs is at 1302 (iirc)
 
Oct 2012
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I am now reading Samuel K. Cohn's "Lust for Liberty. The Politics of Social Revolt in Medieval Europe, 1200-1425. Italy, France, and Flanders." He refers repeatedly to major revolts of Flanders in 1297-1304 and 1323-28. The nature of his study is more to note the many (1100+) social movements in this time period than to explain each one in detail, so I would like to find a good study that looks in more depth at what was going in Flanders in this early period that eventually produced the Netherlands. In my long study of history, I have come to believe that social uprisings (e.g. 1297) don't come out of nowhere, but are the product of decades, sometimes centuries, of previous development. Hence I would like to get an understanding of the 1200s in order to understand the 1300s.
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
5,395
Netherlands
I am now reading Samuel K. Cohn's "Lust for Liberty. The Politics of Social Revolt in Medieval Europe, 1200-1425. Italy, France, and Flanders." He refers repeatedly to major revolts of Flanders in 1297-1304 and 1323-28. The nature of his study is more to note the many (1100+) social movements in this time period than to explain each one in detail, so I would like to find a good study that looks in more depth at what was going in Flanders in this early period that eventually produced the Netherlands. In my long study of history, I have come to believe that social uprisings (e.g. 1297) don't come out of nowhere, but are the product of decades, sometimes centuries, of previous development. Hence I would like to get an understanding of the 1200s in order to understand the 1300s.
This could may be up your alley. Written by an economic history prof, so the emphasis is also on that. Also Pirenne has written on the subject.
Manors and Markets: Economy and Society in the Low Countries, 500-1600