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By Arend H. Huussen Jr.

Unlike its fairly small measurement, the Netherlands has been a major and influential nation in Europe and the area. The Dutch were agitators for independence, they've got fought for rights, ruled the seas, and in prior generations, created a far-flung colonial empire. within the arts and sciences, the Netherlands has begotten greater than its proportion of painters, musicians, writers, philosophers, theologians, and economists. ''Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands'' offers uncomplicated info on humans and issues from Dutch political, highbrow, and colonial background and tradition in approximately six hundred concise entries. The ''Dictionary'' covers Dutch historical past from the earliest phases (before there has been a Netherlands) in the course of the present political, monetary, and cultural events. additionally integrated is an advent which assists readers to appreciate the elemental styles and significant occasions of Dutch heritage. The concluding bibliography wil support researchers find additional info on contemporary books (published after 1970, in general in English).

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Of course, the agrarian sector continued, but above all the towns in the highly urbanized province of Holland were productive, with textile industries, breweries, shipyards, and so on. Fishing, including whaling, was also an important economic activity. Economic prosperity undoubtedly stimulated cultural, artistic, and intellectual activity and creativity. Although a court life comparable to that of the European kings was virtually nonexistent, the rich and powerful city patricians and landed gentry acted as patrons and buyers of the many works of art.

1948 1 January: Benelux becomes an economic union. 24 January: Foundation of a new liberal party, the Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD). 6 September: Reign of Queen Juliana begins with the abdication of her mother, Queen Wilhelmina; Juliana rules until 1980. 19 December: Second Action of police against the Indonesian nationalist movement, through 5 January 1949. qxd xl • 4/26/07 9:58 AM Page xl CHRONOLOGY 1949 4 April: Dutch participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) begins.

The members of most tribes in the (later) Low Countries became farmers and settled down in villages near the sea, living on artificial hills called terps. Along the rivers, a few trade settlements continued from the Roman times or were newly founded. In the eastern and southern parts of the future Netherlands, extensive landownership became common practice. Most inhabitants became part of the domains of large landowners who exercised seigniorial authority. Christianity was slow in penetrating the northwestern regions of Europe.

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